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Boxing at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Celebration Hall, Royal Zoological Society, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 21, 1920
Date Finished: August 24, 1920
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: GBR Harry Mallin
Silver: CAN Art Prud'homme
Bronze: CAN Moe Herscovitch

Summary

Harry Mallin ran through the North Americans to win his gold medal, defeating Americans in the first two rounds and Canadians in the semi-final and final. In the second round against Samuel Lagonia, Lagonia was disqualified for clinching in the second round. The U.S. report stated that the decision was grossly unfair and that it was Mallin who should have been disqualified. However, the Belgian newspapers stated that Mallin was well ahead at the time of the disqualification and that Lagonia was stalling a great deal. Mallin is considered the greatest amateur boxer ever from England. He was apparently never beaten in the ring. In 1924, he returned to the Olympics and became the first boxer to defend an Olympic championship. Lagonia was U.S. AAU Champion from 1919-1921. The 1919 Inter-Allied Champion in this class competed at Antwerp, but Eddie Eagan moved up to the light-heavyweight class.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Harry Mallin 27 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Art Prud'homme Canada CAN Silver
3 Moe Herscovitch 22 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Hjalmar Strømme 19 Norway NOR
5T Bob Bradley South Africa RSA
5T Samuel Lagonia 22 United States USA
5T Martin Olsen 25 Denmark DEN
5T Marcel Rey-Golliet 27 France FRA
9T Ted White Great Britain GBR
9T Jean Dortet France FRA
9T Antoine Masson Belgium BEL
9T Georg Kruse 25 Denmark DEN
9T Joseph Cranston 21 United States USA
9T Rolf Jacobsen 21 Norway NOR
9T Jan Hesterman 27 Netherlands NED
9T Paul Munting 20 Netherlands NED
17 Georges Simonon Belgium BEL