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Boxing at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Winter Velodrome, Paris
Date Started: July 15, 1924
Date Finished: July 20, 1924
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: RSA Willie Smith
Silver: USA Al Tripoli
Bronze: FRA Jean Ces

Summary

Willie Smith of South Africa, like flyweight champion LaBarba, was a mere 19 years old when he became Olympic champion. Smith, who learned boxing at the orphanage where he was raised, fought with a cautious approach to outpoint Al Tripoli of the USA in the final. As a professional he went to win a version of the World bantamweight title. Frenchman Jean Ces' bronze medal was the only boxing medal won by the host nation in 1924.

Of the 20 bouts contested in the division all bar one were decided by judges' decision. The American Joseph Lazarus was the unlucky victim of disqualification in his bout against Oscar Andrén of Sweden. The Swede was knocked out but the referee, Sigel of France, ruled Lazarus had struck his opponent illegally, disobeying instructions to step back from a clinch. Sigel would later apologize to US team officials for his mistaken decision but despite the urging of Andrén and Swedish team officials, no appeal was made.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Willie Smith 19 South Africa RSA Gold
2 Al Tripoli 19 United States USA Silver
3 Jean Ces 17 France FRA Bronze
4 Oscar Andrén 24 Sweden SWE
5T Antonio Sánchez 18 Spain ESP
5T Alf Barber 22 Great Britain GBR
5T Jacques Lemouton 21 France FRA
5T Benito Pertuzzo 19 Argentina ARG
9T José Pastor 18 Spain ESP
9T Joseph Lazarus 20 United States USA
9T Robert Hilliard 20 Ireland IRL
9T Arij Smit 16 Netherlands NED
9T François Sybille 17 Belgium BEL
9T Harry Wolff 18 Sweden SWE
9T Les Tarrant 20 Great Britain GBR
9T Johann Weidel Switzerland SUI
17T Domenico Bernasconi 21 Italy ITA
17T Armando Ricciardi 19 Italy ITA
17T Franz Barta 21 Austria AUT
17T Carlos Usaveaga Chile CHI
17T Mario González 22 Uruguay URU