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Boxing at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight

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Events:
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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): West Melbourne Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 24, 1956
Date Finished: December 1, 1956
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: ROU Nicolae Linca
Silver: IRL Fred Tiedt
Bronze: GBR Nicky Gargano
AUS Kevin Hogarth

Summary

The clear favourite for the welterweight division was Nicky Gargano of Great Britain who had been European Champion in 1955. After defeating the Soviet Union's Eduard Borisov in his first bout it was assumed that he had a clear run to the final but that reckoned without Nicolae Linca of Romania. With a close and unpopular, at least with the crowd, decision Linca upset Gargano in the semi-final. The other semi-final was contested between Fred Tiedt, an Irishman of Austrian extraction, and the home favourite Kevin Hogarth. Although he was comfortably out boxed by Tiedt, Hogarth did have the consolation of becoming the first Australian boxing medal winner since the 1908 Games. The final was the most controversial of the 1956 boxing tournament. Two judges gave the victory to Tiedt by comfortable margins but the three other had Linca narrowly in front. The Official Report of the Games considered Tiedt to be an "unlucky loser" and even decades later Irish sports fans still refer to it as a "robbery". As of 2012, Linca is unique as the only Romanian to have won an Olympic title in boxing. His life ended tragically as he was stricken by Parkinson's disease and later Alzheimer's Disease.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Nicolae Linca 27 Romania ROU Gold
2 Fred Tiedt 21 Ireland IRL Silver
3T Kevin Hogarth 22 Australia AUS Bronze
3T Nicky Gargano 22 Great Britain GBR Bronze
5T András Dőri 26 Hungary HUN
5T Pearce Lane 26 United States USA
5T Nicholas André 22 South Africa RSA
5T Francisco Gelaberti 21 Argentina ARG
9T Bait Husain Pakistan PAK
9T Graham Finlay 20 New Zealand NZL
9T Enrique Tovar 21 Venezuela VEN
9T Tadeusz Walasek 20 Poland POL
9T Lee Shih-Chuan 24 Chinese Taipei TPE
9T Hector Hatch 20 Fiji FIJ
9T Walter Kozak Canada CAN
9T Eduard Borisov 22 Soviet Union URS