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Boxing at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Flyweight

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Boxing Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: August 27, 1972
Date Finished: September 10, 1972
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: BUL Georgi Kostadinov
Silver: UGA Leo Rwabwogo
Bronze: CUB Douglas Rodríguez
POL Leszek Błażyński

Summary

The victory of Balkan champion Georgi Kostadinov came as a surprise as he had been eliminated at the quarter final stage of the previous year's European Championships. He used his superior footwork to box successfully on the retreat against the highly rated Pole Leszek Błażyński in the semi-final and then produced a carbon copy performance against 1968 medalist Leo Rwabwogo of Uganda to clinch the gold medal. Kostadinov fought on after Munich and returned to the Olympic Games in 1976 in Montreal but his display in 1972 was far and away the best of his career.

Bronze medalist Douglas Rodriguez won the flyweight title at the inaugural World Amateur Boxing Championships in Havana in 1974 whilst a boxer who was eliminated at an early stage found greater fame as a professional. Wilfredo Gómez, who competed for Puerto Rico despite being under the minimum age limit, is ranked as one of the greatest super-bantamweights of all time and also won world titles in two other weight divisions. Unluckiest of all the boxers in Munich was [José Viccario] of Argentina who was forced to withdraw after suffering facial injuries in a brawl at the Olympic village. His assailant, teammate Norberto Cabura, was sent home in disgrace.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Georgi Kostadinov 22 Bulgaria BUL Gold
2 Leo Rwabwogo 23 Uganda UGA Silver
3T Leszek Błażyński 23 Poland POL Bronze
3T Douglas Rodríguez 22 Cuba CUB Bronze
5T Yu Jong-Man 17 South Korea KOR
5T Calixto Pérez 22 Colombia COL
5T Boris Zoriktuyev 23 Soviet Union URS
5T Neil McLaughlin 24 Ireland IRL
9T Arturo Delgado 20 Mexico MEX
9T Nyamdashiin Batsüren 26 Mongolia MGL
9T Tim Dement 17 United States USA
9T Chris Ius 18 Canada CAN
9T Franco Udella 25 Italy ITA
9T Constantin Gruiescu 27 Romania ROU
9T Chawalit Orn-Chim 26 Thailand THA
9T Mohamed Selim Soheim 25 Egypt EGY
17T Salvador Miranda 22 Nicaragua NCA
17T Chander Narayanan 25 India IND
17T Saidi Tambwe 20 Tanzania TAN
17T Antonio García 24 Spain ESP
17T Martín Vargas 17 Chile CHI
17T Ali Gharbi 27 Tunisia TUN
17T Jan Balouch 20 Pakistan PAK
17T Ali Ouabbou 31 Morocco MAR
17T Vanlal Dawla 25 Myanmar MYA
17T Felix Maina 18 Kenya KEN
17T Kemal Solunur 21 Turkey TUR
17T Fujio Nagai 20 Japan JPN
17T Maurice O'Sullivan 19 Great Britain GBR
17T Gerd Schubert 29 West Germany FRG
17T Wilfredo Gómez 15 Puerto Rico PUR
32T Jorge Acuña 24 Uruguay URU
32T Rabah Khaloufi 29 France FRA
32T Rene Fortaleza 17 Philippines PHI
32T Jorge Mejía 20 Ecuador ECU
32T Mohamed Abakkar Sudan SUD