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Boxing at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Korakuen Hall, Bunkyo, Tokyo
Date Started: October 14, 1964
Date Finished: October 23, 1964
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: URS Valery Popenchenko
Silver: GER Emil Schulz
Bronze: ITA Franco Valle
POL Tadeusz Walasek

Summary

Another boxer from the production line of champions that was Soviet amateur boxing in the sixties, Valery Popenchenko had already won four successive national titles and a European Championship gold by the time he arrived in Tokyo for the Olympic boxing tournament. He left Japan having advanced his reputation by winning three of his bouts by stoppage and winning every round of the other on all judges' scorecards. Popenchenko faced off against old rival Emil Schulz of Germany in the final and cleared him out in a little over two minutes of the first round. For these displays he was awarded the Val Barker Trophy which is awarded to the most stylish boxer at an Olympic Games. He became the first Soviet boxer to receive the award. Popenchenko retired from boxing in 1965 with a record of 200 wins in 213 bouts. He died in a bizarre accident on a construction site in 1975.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Valery Popenchenko 27 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Emil Schulz 26 Germany GER Silver
3T Franco Valle 24 Italy ITA Bronze
3T Tadeusz Walasek 28 Poland POL Bronze
5T Ion Monea 23 Romania ROU
5T Guillermo Salinas 26 Chile CHI
5T Joe Darkey 22 Ghana GHA
5T Ahmed Hassan 23 Egypt EGY
9T Willie Stack 28 Great Britain GBR
9T Kim Deok-Pal 22 South Korea KOR
9T Luiz Cézar 26 Brazil BRA
9T Lahcen Ahidous 19 Morocco MAR
9T Sultan Mahmoud 29 Pakistan PAK
9T Jimmy Rosette 26 United States USA
9T Juan Aguilar 21 Argentina ARG
9T Peter P. Odhiambo 27 Uganda UGA
17T Hitoshi Tenma 22 Japan JPN
17T John Bukowski 25 Australia AUS
17T Franz Frauenlob 25 Austria AUT
17T Jacques Marty 24 France FRA