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Boxing at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Mexico Arena, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 15, 1968
Date Finished: October 26, 1968
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: MEX Antonio Roldán
Silver: USA Al Robinson
Bronze: BUL Ivan Mikhaylov
KEN Philip Waruinge

Summary

The final came down to a bout between Mexico's Antonio Roldán and the United States's Al Robinson. Cheered on by the Mexican fans, the bout was stopped in the second round for a purported head butt by Robinson, although films of the fight failed to show this. In such circumstances, the disqualified boxer usually does not receive a medal, but Robinson was allowed to keep the silver medal. Both fighters turned professional, with Roldán having an undistinguished career, winning three fights, losing two, with one draw, and retiring in 1973. But Robinson came to a sadder end. He won 11 of 13 professional fights through the end of 1970. While training in 1971 he collapsed into a coma, and never regained consciousness, dying three years later. One bronze medalist in 1968, Kenya's Philip Waruinge, who had lost to Roldán by 3-2 decision in the semis, came back in 1972 to win the silver medal in this class.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Antonio Roldán 22 Mexico MEX Gold
2 Al Robinson 21 United States USA Silver
3T Philip Waruinge 23 Kenya KEN Bronze
3T Ivan Mikhaylov 23 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
5T Miguel García 23 Argentina ARG
5T Valery Plotnikov 28 Soviet Union URS
5T Abdel Hadj Khallaf Allah 22 Egypt EGY
5T Seyfi Tatar 20 Turkey TUR
9T Aurel Simion 22 Romania ROU
9T Mohamed Sourour 28 Morocco MAR
9T Elio Cotena 23 Italy ITA
9T Edward Tracey 25 Ireland IRL
9T Teogenes Pelegrino 19 Philippines PHI
9T Jovan Pajković 22 Yugoslavia YUG
9T Kim Seong-Eun 25 South Korea KOR
9T Nils Dag Strømme 23 Norway NOR
17T Francisco Oduardo 18 Cuba CUB
17T Mario Santamaria 18 Nicaragua NCA
17T Jean-Paul Anton 20 France FRA
17T Ali Mebarki 23 Algeria ALG
17T Carl-Axel Palm 19 Sweden SWE
17T Risto Meronen 23 Finland FIN
17T Errol West 20 Jamaica JAM
17T Hwad Ibrahim Abdel Hamid Sudan SUD
17T Fantahun Seifu 20 Ethiopia ETH
17T Johnny Cheshire 21 Great Britain GBR
17T Reinaldo Mercado 19 Puerto Rico PUR
17T Mouldi Manai 18 Tunisia TUN
17T Andrés Martín 19 Spain ESP
17T Tadashi Okamoto 20 Japan JPN
17T Jan Wadas 24 Poland POL
17T Werner Ruzicka 24 West Germany FRG