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Boxing at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Light-Flyweight

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Maurice Richard Arena, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 19, 1976
Date Finished: July 31, 1976
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: CUB Jorge Hernández
Silver: PRK Li Byong-Uk
Bronze: PUR Orlando Maldonado
THA Payao Poontarat

Summary

In the first round, only 10 of 16 matches were contested, as there was one bye, and five fighters were withdrawn by their countries because of the African boycott. The favorite was the Cuban, Jorge Hernández, who had won the 1974 World Championships and the 1975 Pan American Games. He made it to the final, although surviving a close 3-2 decision in the semis over Korea's Park Chan-Hui. In the final he faced a North Korean, Li Byong-Uk, and won a majority decision. Li's silver was the second consecutive silver medal in this class by a North Korean, after Kim U-Gil had lost in the 1972 final. Li would return in 1980 to win a bronze medal in the class. At Montréal he had made it to the final by a TKO over Thailand's Payao Poontarat, the first Thai boxer to win an Olympic medal. Poontarat turned professional, something not available to the two finalists from Communist nations, and in 1983 became WBC super-flyweight world champion. He held the title for only a few months and retired after losing his final three fights in 1984-85.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jorge Hernández 21 Cuba CUB Gold
2 Li Byong-Uk 21 North Korea PRK Silver
3T Payao Poontarat 18 Thailand THA Bronze
3T Orlando Maldonado 17 Puerto Rico PUR Bronze
5T Armando Guevara 21 Venezuela VEN
5T Héctor Patri 19 Argentina ARG
5T György Gedó 27 Hungary HUN
5T Park Chan-Hui 19 South Korea KOR
9T Dietmar Geilich 22 East Germany GDR
9T Oleksandr Tkachenko 21 Soviet Union URS
9T Brendan Dunne 21 Ireland IRL
9T Ali Canay 21 Turkey TUR
9T Henryk Średnicki 21 Poland POL
9T Serdambyn Batsükh 20 Mongolia MGL
9T Mohamed Said Abdel Wehab 22 Egypt EGY
9T Zoffa Yarawi 22 Papua New Guinea PNG
17T Eduardo Baltar 19 Philippines PHI
17T Louis Curtis 21 United States USA
17T Remus Cosma 23 Romania ROU
17T Sayed Bashiri 24 Iran IRI
17T Noboru Uchiyama 22 Japan JPN
17T Sidney McKnight 20 Canada CAN
17T Eleoncio Mercedes 18 Dominican Republic DOM
17T Enrique Rodríguez 24 Spain ESP
17T José Leroy 18 France FRA
17T Abderrahim Najm 21 Morocco MAR
17T Beykhan Fuchedzhiev 20 Bulgaria BUL