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Boxing at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Korakuen Hall, Bunkyo, Tokyo
Date Started: October 13, 1964
Date Finished: October 23, 1964
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: URS Stanislav Stepashkin
Silver: PHI Anthony Villanueva
Bronze: GER Heinz Schulz
USA Charlie Brown

Summary

The division was expected to act as an extension of the cold war with Stanislav Stepashkin of the USSR and Charlie Brown of the USA being the prime candidates to meet in the final. Stepashkin lived up to his billing by following a destructive route to the final in which he stopped or knocked out all four of his opponents. Brown was plagued by ill luck in the shape of a throat infection which forced him into a hospital bed prior to his semi-final. He was then upset by Filipino Anthony Villanueva, the son of 1932 boxing medallist José Villanueva, on a points decision. Stepashkin was expected to overwhelm his opponent in the final but the fight did not follow the plan and many at ringside thought that Villanueva had done enough to become Olympic champion. Three of the five judges decided that the Soviet deserved to win and Stepashkin was crowned Olympic champion. Stepashkin won European titles each side of his Olympic triumph but failed to gain selection for the 1968 Games and retired. He became a trainer and coached national teams from Algeria, Cameroon and the Seychelles as well as in his native country of Russia. Valentín Loren also made world headlines for his performances in these Games. Disqualified in his first round bout he registered his annoyance at the referee by landing a punch on the official's jaw. He was banned from boxing for life.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Stanislav Stepashkin 24 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Anthony Villanueva 19 Philippines PHI Silver
3T Charlie Brown 25 United States USA Bronze
3T Heinz Schulz 29 Germany GER Bronze
5T José Antonio Duran 18 Mexico MEX
5T Piotr Gutman 23 Poland POL
5T Tin Tun 19 Myanmar MYA
5T Constantin Crudu 20 Romania ROU
9T Khiru Soeun 21 Cambodia CAM
9T Seok Jong-Gu 20 South Korea KOR
9T Masakuzu Takayama 18 Japan JPN
9T Tamar Ben Hassan 23 Tunisia TUN
9T Anthony Andeh 19 Nigeria NGR
9T Philip Waruinge 19 Kenya KEN
9T Jorma Limmonen 30 Finland FIN
9T Hsu Hung-Cheng 23 Chinese Taipei TPE
17T Randall Hope 21 Australia AUS
17T Hugo Martínez 21 Argentina ARG
17T Youssef Anwer 28 Iraq IRQ
17T Mario Molina 19 Chile CHI
17T Ian McLoughlin 20 Zambia ZAM
17T Pat Fitzsimmons 20 Ireland IRL
17T Giovanni Girgenti 21 Italy ITA
17T Peter Weiss 25 Austria AUT
17T Badawi El-Bedewi 22 Egypt EGY
17T Ronnie Smith 19 Great Britain GBR
17T Bhim Bahadur Thapa Nepal NEP
17T Alfonso Frazer 17 Panama PAN
17T Jan de Rooij 32 Netherlands NED
17T Roberto Caminero 19 Cuba CUB
17T José Alonso Nieves 20 Puerto Rico PUR
17T Valentín Loren 18 Spain ESP