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Danas Pozniakas

Full name: Danas Pozniakas
Other name(s): Dan Ivanovich Poznyak, Дан Иванович Позняк
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (182 cm)
Weight: 179 lbs (81 kg)
Born: October 19, 1939 in Tolchak, Białystok, Podlaskie, Poland
Died: February 4, 2005 in Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania
Affiliations: Trudovye Rezervy Vilnius, Vilnius (LTU)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Polish-born Lithuanian Danas Pozniakas was the most successful light-heavyweight amateur boxer during the 1960s. Of his 217 career fights, he won 203. Starting to fight at age 13, he first won the Soviet title in 1962. The next year, he lost the final of the European Championships in Moskva to Zbigniew Pietrzykowski. He was favored to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, but was defeated at the trials by Aleksey Kiselyov, who went on to win the silver medal. But from then on, Pozniakas won four straight international titles: the 1965, 1967 and 1969 Europeans, and the 1968 Olympics. His Olympic gold was won with one knock-out, two clear decisions, and a walk-over; his opponent in the final, Ion Monea had broken his nose in the semis and could not fight. Retiring after his 1969 title, Pozniakas became an international boxing referee for several years. He then took up coaching, leading the Seychelles national team for awhile. After his death in 2005 (due to a heart attack), an annual youth tournament in Vilnius was named in his honour.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Boxing Men's Light-Heavyweight Soviet Union URS 1 Gold

Men's Light-Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP R T
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Boxing Soviet Union URS Final Round Match 1/2 1 1968-10-26 Pozniakas (URS) walkover
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Boxing Soviet Union URS Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1968-10-24 Pozniakas (URS) , Stankov (BUL) decision 5 60 60 60 60 60 300
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Boxing Soviet Union URS Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1968-10-20 Pozniakas (URS) , Schlegel (GDR) decision 5 60 60 60 60 59+ 299
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Boxing Soviet Union URS Round Two Match #3 1 1968-10-18 Pozniakas (URS) , Aldama (CUB) knock-out 2 2:12
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Boxing Soviet Union URS Round One Match #5 1 1968-10-13 Pozniakas (URS) bye