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Boxing at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Jamsil Students' Gymnasium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 17, 1988
Date Finished: October 1, 1988
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: USA Kennedy McKinney
Silver: BUL Aleksandar Khristov
Bronze: COL Jorge Julio
THA Phajol Moolsan

Summary

Kennedy McKinney of the United States was a clear and deserved winner at bantamweight and overwhelmingly defeated each of the four boxers that shared the ring of him. His progress to the gold medal was relatively uneventful - which was more than you could say for the events of the first round clash between Aleksandar Khristov of Bulgaria and Byeon Jeong-Il of South Korea.

Khristov and Byeon fought an even contest with the decisive factor in the Bulgarian's favour being two points deductions issued for Byoen's illegal use of the head. When the result was announced all hell broke loose. Firstly the Korean's trainer charged into the ring and punched Keith Walker, the New Zealander who refereed the fight. More Koreans followed and Walker had to be protected by his fellow officials until security arrived to bundle him out of the arena. Unfortunately some of the Korean security guards sympathized with their countryman and also attempted to strike the referee. Walker returned home to New Zealand also immediately. Emil Yentchev, the Bulgarian who was the head of referees, was also targeted for reprisals and an attempt to hit him on the head with a plastic box was only thwarted by the hand of one of his fellow officials. After the disturbance had been quelled the only man to remain in the ring was the defeated Korean boxer. The following bouts were abandoned as he staged a sit down protest in his corner. He abandoned his protest after 67 minutes after the lights had been turned out in the arena.

As a result of the protest the Korean government issued a public apology to the people of New Zealand, the head of the national Olympic committee resigned, and five officials received lengthy bans.

This event was due to see the first appearance of an Olympic competitor from the Pacific island of Vanuatu but [Edouard Paululum] was ruled out after being 0.5 kilos above the weight limit. This was blamed on a rather too large breakfast.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kennedy McKinney 22 United States USA Gold
2 Aleksandar Khristov 24 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3T Jorge Julio 19 Colombia COL Bronze
3T Phajol Moolsan 20 Thailand THA Bronze
5T Steve Mwema 25 Kenya KEN
5T Nyamaagiin Altankhuyag 17 Mongolia MGL
5T Katsuyuki Matsushima 21 Japan JPN
5T Aleksandr Artemyev 22 Soviet Union URS
9T Shahuraj Birajdar 25 India IND
9T Alberto Machaze 23 Mozambique MOZ
9T Abraham Torres 20 Venezuela VEN
9T John Lowey 22 Ireland IRL
9T René Breitbarth 22 East Germany GDR
9T Justin Chikwanda 20 Zambia ZAM
9T Jimmy Mayanja 29 Sweden SWE
9T Slimane Zengli 23 Algeria ALG
17T Giovanni Pérez 24 Guatemala GUA
17T Ayewoubo Akomatsri 24 Togo TOG
17T Ram Bahadur Giri Nepal NEP
17T Mike Deveney 22 Great Britain GBR
17T Marcus Priaulx 20 Australia AUS
17T Teekaram Rajcoomar 24 Mauritius MRI
17T Grzegorz Jabłoński 22 Poland POL
17T Mohammed Sabo 20 Nigeria NGR
17T Vedat Tutuk 24 Turkey TUR
17T Felipe Nieves 19 Puerto Rico PUR
17T Moumouni Siuley Niger NIG
17T Ibibongo Nduita 26 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
17T José de Jesús García 20 Mexico MEX
17T Byeon Jeong-Il 19 South Korea KOR
17T Joilson Santana 24 Brazil BRA
17T Ndaba Dube 29 Zimbabwe ZIM
33T Moustafa Mohammed Saleh 25 Iraq IRQ
33T Edward Obewa 26 Uganda UGA
33T Magare Tshekiso Botswana BOT
33T Samba Jacob Diallo Guinea GUI
33T Michael Hormillosa 20 Philippines PHI
33T Thomas Stephens 18 Liberia LBR
33T Tiui Faamaoni 22 Samoa SAM
33T Haji Ally 20 Tanzania TAN
33T Saud Al-Muwaizri 18 Kuwait KUW
33T Mohamed Achik 23 Morocco MAR
33T Tad Joseph 25 Grenada GRN
33T Peter Anok Sudan SUD
33T Jean-Marc Augustin 23 France FRA
33T Phetsmone Sonnavanh 22 Laos LAO
33T Manuel Gomes 22 Angola ANG
33T Lionel Francis 24 Antigua and Barbuda ANT