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Boxing at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Light-Middleweight

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Maurice Richard Arena, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 22, 1976
Date Finished: July 31, 1976
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: POL Jerzy Rybicki
Silver: YUG Tadija Kačar
Bronze: CUB Rolando Garbey
URS Viktor Savchenko

Summary

Among the biggest favorites in Montréal was Cuba's Rolando Garbey in this class. Garbey was fighting in his third Olympics, having won a silver medal in 1968, and losing in the quarters in 1972. By the time of the 1976 Olympics he was a three-time Pan American Games champion, and had won the 1974 World Championship. But in a huge upset, he lost in the semi-finals to the unknown Bosnian Yugoslav Tadija Kačar. In the final Kačar met Poland's Jerzy Rybicki, who was also not well known, with Rybicki winning a unanimous decision for the gold medal.

Rybicki would go on to add bronze medals at the 1978 World Championships (light-middleweight) and the 1980 Olympics (middleweight). Kačar moved up to light-heavyweight and won silver at the 1978 World Championships. His brother, Slobodan Kačar, won gold at the 1980 Olympics as a light-heavy and turned professional, winning the IBF light-heavyweight championship in 1985.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jerzy Rybicki 23 Poland POL Gold
2 Tadija Kačar 20 Yugoslavia YUG Silver
3T Viktor Savchenko 23 Soviet Union URS Bronze
3T Rolando Garbey 28 Cuba CUB Bronze
5T Wilfredo Guzman 25 Puerto Rico PUR
5T Kalevi Kosunen 29 Finland FIN
5T Alfredo Lemus 24 Venezuela VEN
5T Vasile Didea 22 Romania ROU
9T Chuck Walker 19 United States USA
9T Robbie Davies 26 Great Britain GBR
9T Earl Liburd 22 United States Virgin Islands ISV
9T Mohamed Azar Hazin 25 Iran IRI
9T Brian Byrne 20 Ireland IRL
9T Pierangelo Pira 22 Italy ITA
9T Leo Vainonen 24 Sweden SWE
9T Nayden Stanchev 27 Bulgaria BUL
17T Wayne Devlin 32 Australia AUS
17T Jorge Amparo 22 Dominican Republic DOM
17T Franz Dorfer 26 Austria AUT
17T Michael Prevost 23 Canada CAN
17T Dashnyamyn Olzvoi 27 Mongolia MGL
17T Juan Scassino 23 Uruguay URU
17T Poul Frandsen 22 Denmark DEN