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Boxing at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Korakuen Hall, Bunkyo, Tokyo
Date Started: October 12, 1964
Date Finished: October 23, 1964
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: JPN Takao Sakurai
Silver: KOR Jeong Sin-Jo
Bronze: MEX Juan Fabila
URU Washington Rodríguez

Summary

The overwhelming favourite for gold was the reigning Olympic champion, Oleg Grigoryev of the USSR, so it came as a massive shock when he was dispatched from the tournament by Juan Fabila of Mexico in the quarter-final via a split decision. Unusually the semi-finals were devoid of fighters from either Europe or the USA and for the first time two Asian fighters were to meet for the Olympic title. No Japanese fighter had ever won Olympic gold but hopes were high that Takao Sakurai, who had won the Pre-Olympic event in 1963, was to become their first champion. The final was short and brutal and Jeong Sin-Jo of Korea was to taste the canvas on four occasions before the fight was stopped in Sakurai's favour midway through the second round. Sakurai had a professional career that culminated in an unsuccessful attempt at the world bantamweight title in 1968. He later set up his own gymnasium. As of 2012 he remains the only Japanese boxer to win Olympic gold.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Takao Sakurai 23 Japan JPN Gold
2 Jeong Sin-Jo 24 South Korea KOR Silver
3T Juan Fabila 20 Mexico MEX Bronze
3T Washington Rodríguez 20 Uruguay URU Bronze
5T Fermin Espinosa 24 Cuba CUB
5T Oleg Grigoryev 26 Soviet Union URS
5T Karimu Young 22 Nigeria NGR
5T Nicolae Puiu 28 Romania ROU
9T Abel Almaraz 22 Argentina ARG
9T Arnulfo Torrevillas 25 Philippines PHI
9T Law Hon Pak 25 Hong Kong HKG
9T Franco Zurlo 24 Italy ITA
9T Jaroslav Šlajs 22 Czechoslovakia TCH
9T Brunon Bendig 26 Poland POL
9T Isaac Aryee 23 Ghana GHA
9T Louis Johnson 25 United States USA
17T Hosni Farag 20 Egypt EGY
17T Chris Rafter 27 Ireland IRL
17T William Booth 20 Australia AUS
17T Börje Karvonen 26 Finland FIN
17T Agustín Senin 18 Spain ESP
17T Sadegh Ali Akbarzadeh Khoi 32 Iran IRI
17T Gyula Török 26 Hungary HUN
17T Mikhail Mitsev 23 Bulgaria BUL
17T Ek Sam An 20 Cambodia CAM
17T Lee Chen-Chu 24 Chinese Taipei TPE
17T Rainer Poser 23 Germany GER
17T Cherdchai Udompaichitkul 22 Thailand THA
17T Thein Myint 27 Myanmar MYA
17T Brian Packer 20 Great Britain GBR
17T Cornelis van der Walt 21 Zambia ZAM
17T Jan Huppen 22 Netherlands NED