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Boxing at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Light-Flyweight

Boxing at the 1968 Summer Games: Next Summer Games

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Mexico Arena, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 13, 1968
Date Finished: October 26, 1968
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: VEN Francisco Rodríguez
Silver: KOR Ji Yong-Ju
Bronze: POL Hubert Skrzypczak
USA Harlan Marbley

Summary

This was a new class in 1968 as light-flyweight was added to the Olympic boxing program. The winner was the Venezuelan Francisco "Morochito" Rodríguez, who won the first gold medal ever for Venezuela. He achieved this despite breaking his thumb in the final round of the final bout, still hanging on to defeat Korea's Ji Yong-Ju. Rodríguez then attempted to turn professional, signing a contract, but after his mother watched a professional fight, and saw one boxer's bloody mouthpiece fly out and land in her lap, she implored him not to fight, and he abandoned the contract. Jee would win the 1970 Asian Games flyweight title, and later became a coach. He died in 1985 after being stabbed in a fight with his neighbor.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Francisco Rodríguez 23 Venezuela VEN Gold
2 Ji Yong-Ju 19 South Korea KOR Silver
3T Harlan Marbley 25 United States USA Bronze
3T Hubert Skrzypczak 25 Poland POL Bronze
5T Gabriel Ogun 22 Nigeria NGR
5T Hatha Karunaratne 26 Sri Lanka SRI
5T Joey Donovan 18 Australia AUS
5T Alberto Morales 20 Mexico MEX
9T Stefan Aleksandrov 21 Bulgaria BUL
9T Fuat Temel 17 Turkey TUR
9T Thet U Lai 21 Myanmar MYA
9T Rafael Carbonell 24 Cuba CUB
9T Tahar Aziz 17 Morocco MAR
9T Roberto Urretavizcaya 20 Argentina ARG
9T Bernd Englmeier 23 East Germany GDR
9T Viktor Zaporozhets 21 Soviet Union URS
17T David Nata 17 Zambia ZAM
17T Mohamed Selim Soheim 21 Egypt EGY
17T György Gedó 19 Hungary HUN
17T Manolo Vicera 18 Philippines PHI
17T Franco Udella 21 Italy ITA
17T Junji Watanabe 24 Japan JPN
17T Douglas Ogada 19 Uganda UGA