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Boxing at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Boxing Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: August 29, 1972
Date Finished: September 10, 1972
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: URS Vyacheslav Lemeshev
Silver: FIN Reima Virtanen
Bronze: GHA Prince Amartey
USA Marvin Johnson

Summary

At the start of 1972 Vyacheslav Lemeshev was not guaranteed a place on the Soviet Olympic team. Although he was European junior champion in 1971, the USSR also had Juozas Juocevicius, the European senior champion, and the highly rated Rufat Riskiyev to choose from. When Juocevicius' Olympic dreams were thwarted by injury it was thought that Riskiyev would be chosen but instead the Soviet selectors chose Lemeshev. The choice of Lemeshev turned out to be a masterstroke and he proved unbeatable. Only one of the contests reached the final round and he secured gold with a brutal knockout of Reima Virtanen. The Finn was unconscious for a nearly a minute after the contest. Lemeshev was European champion in 1973 and 1975 but retired at the young age of 24 after failing to be selected for the 1976 Olympic Games. In his later life he battled unsuccessfully with alcohol problems and this contributed to his death at the age of just 43.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Vyacheslav Lemeshev 20 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Reima Virtanen 24 Finland FIN Silver
3T Prince Amartey 28 Ghana GHA Bronze
3T Marvin Johnson 18 United States USA Bronze
5T Witold Stachurski 25 Poland POL
5T Poul Knudsen 20 Denmark DEN
5T Alejandro Montoya 20 Cuba CUB
5T Nazif Kuran 27 Turkey TUR
9T Titus Simba Tanzania TAN
9T Peter Dula 24 Kenya KEN
9T José Luis Espinosa 31 Mexico MEX
9T William Peets 20 United States Virgin Islands ISV
9T Ewald Jarmer 30 West Germany FRG
9T Bill Knight 21 Great Britain GBR
9T Hans-Joachim Brauske 28 East Germany GDR
9T Nat Knowles 23 Bahamas BAH
17T Alec Năstac 23 Romania ROU
17T Julius Luipa 24 Zambia ZAM
17T Abdel Wahab Abdullah Salih Sudan SUD
17T Wiem Gommies 26 Indonesia INA
17T Athanasios Giannopoulos 25 Greece GRE
17T Faustino Quinales 25 Venezuela VEN