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Boxing at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Germany Hall, Berlin
Date Started: August 10, 1936
Date Finished: August 15, 1936
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: FIN Sten Suvio
Silver: GER Michael Murach
Bronze: DEN Gerhard Pedersen

Summary

The welterweight division had no clear favourite although the German fighter, Micheal Murach, was expected to perform well in front of a home audience. Imre Mandi of Hungary and Cook of Australia were also expected to put in strong performances.

Mandi’s victory over the US boxer Chester Rutecki was hotly disputed by the American team management, Mandi hit the canvas in the first round and was warned for fouling on four occasions but won the decision. US boxing coach Johnny Behr was quoted as saying “This beats the Olympic record for terrible decisions” and the US boxing team withdrew from the Olympics, only to reconsider their decision an hour later. Another controversy occurred in the very first bout of the competition, when Uruguay’s Costanzo was disqualified in his match against Fritz of France, his supporters surrounded the ring and threatened to slit the referee’s throat.

Finland’s Sten Suvio was not blessed with an easy draw, he faced Cook and Mandi in successive rounds but managed to gain the decision over both. After a semi-final victory over the eventual bronze medal winner, Pedersen of Denmark, he found himself facing Murach in the final.

Very much the outsider in the final, Suvio bided his time in the first three minutes as Murach launched his attacks. Suvio’s opportunity came halfway through the second round; a hard right hand stopped the German in his tracks and changed the course of the fight. The Finn began to dominate, landing punch after punch and Murach briefly visited the canvas as he tired badly. Suvio’s victory was the first gold medal victory by a Finnish boxer.

Micheal Murach went on to defeat Mandi in the final of the 1937 European Championship but was to die fighting on the Eastern Front in 1941, Sven Suvio fought in the Finnish army but survived to resume his modestly successful career as a professional. Raul Rodriguez of Argentina, who lost in the last eight became professional middleweight champion of South America.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Sten Suvio 24 Finland FIN Gold
2 Michael Murach 25 Germany GER Silver
3 Gerhard Pedersen 24 Denmark DEN Bronze
4 Roger Tritz 21 France FRA
5T Hens Dekkers 21 Netherlands NED
5T Simplicio de Castro 22 Philippines PHI
5T Imre Mándi 19 Hungary HUN
5T Raúl Rodríguez 20 Argentina ARG
9T Walter Pack 21 Great Britain GBR
9T Gaspard Deridder 18 Belgium BEL
9T Metty Sancassiani 29 Luxembourg LUX
9T Walter Grieb 25 Switzerland SUI
9T Chester Rutecki 19 United States USA
9T Rusty Cook 24 Australia AUS
9T Tom Arbuthnott 25 New Zealand NZL
9T Rudolf Andreassen 27 Norway NOR
17T Francisco Costanzo 23 Uruguay URU
17T Maurice Camyré 21 Canada CAN
17T Umberto Pittori 23 Italy ITA
17T Keikan Ri 21 Japan JPN
17T Józef Pisarski 23 Poland POL
17T Stanislav Rajdl 25 Czechoslovakia TCH
17T Emilio Ballado 20 Mexico MEX
17T Enrique Giaverini 27 Chile CHI