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Boxing at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Flyweight

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Jamsil Students' Gymnasium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 18, 1988
Date Finished: October 2, 1988
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: KOR Kim Gwang-Seon
Silver: GDR Andreas Tews
Bronze: MEX Mario González
URS Timofei Scriabin

Summary

After losing a close and debatable decision to eventual gold medalist Paul Gonzales, Jr. at the 1984 Olympic Games, Kim Gwang-Seon rededicated himself to the sport with the intent of winning gold when his native South Korea hosted the 1988 Games. He won the Asian Games title in 1986 and was runner-up at the 1987 World Cup so he would have been a top contender wherever the Games were held.

In front of a partisan home crowd Kim rose to the occasion and defeated opponents from Mongolia, Zimbabwe, the USA and Bulgaria on the way to a re-match with Andreas Tews, the man who had narrowly beaten him in the final of World Cup, to decide the Olympic championships. The fight was a classic combination of styles with the stylish East German boxing from a distance and scoring heavily with his jabs and the crouching Korean attempting to force through his opponent's defense and land flurries of punches at close range. Although the computer recorded that Tews landed 87 scoring punches against Kim's 67 the Korean was favoured by four of the five judges (the sole exception being the American judge) and was duly awarded the gold medal.

Kim turned professional in 1990 and embarked on a career consisting of just eight fights although two of them were unsuccessful world title challenges.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kim Gwang-Seon 24 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Andreas Tews 20 East Germany GDR Silver
3T Timofei Scriabin 20 Soviet Union URS Bronze
3T Mario González 19 Mexico MEX Bronze
5T Alfred Kotey 20 Ghana GHA
5T Benaissa Abed 23 Algeria ALG
5T Meluin de Leon 19 Dominican Republic DOM
5T Serafim Todorov 19 Bulgaria BUL
9T Manoj Pingale 20 India IND
9T Benjamin Mwangata 22 Tanzania TAN
9T Emmanuel Nsubuga 20 Uganda UGA
9T János Váradi 27 Hungary HUN
9T Philippe Desavoye 23 France FRA
9T Andy Agosto 18 Puerto Rico PUR
9T Arthur Johnson 22 United States USA
9T Gamal El-Din El-Koumy 30 Egypt EGY
17T Joseph Chongo 23 Zambia ZAM
17T Teboho Mathibeli 17 Lesotho LES
17T Husain Al-Mutairi 18 Kuwait KUW
17T Peter Ayesu 26 Malawi MAW
17T Mohamed Mahfood Sayed 28 South Yemen YMD
17T Aissa Moukrim 24 Morocco MAR
17T Roberto Jalnaiz 21 Philippines PHI
17T Wang Weiping 22 China CHN
17T Anthony Ikegu 25 Kenya KEN
17T Badie Ovnteni Niger NIG
17T Hamed Halbouni 21 Syria SYR
17T Joe Lawlor 21 Ireland IRL
17T Bishnu Bahadur Singh Nepal NEP
17T Nokuthula Tshabangu 23 Zimbabwe ZIM
17T Setsuo Segawa 20 Japan JPN
17T Ramazan Gül 21 Turkey TUR
33T Khadpo Vichai 20 Thailand THA
33T Johnny Bredahl Johansen 20 Denmark DEN
33T Zekaria Williams 23 Cook Islands COK
33T Archer Fausto 25 Mozambique MOZ
33T Sixto Vera 23 Paraguay PAR
33T Andrea Mannai 25 Italy ITA
33T Bonifacio García 19 Spain ESP
33T Tseyen-Oidovyn Tserennyam 19 Mongolia MGL
33T Simon Morales 24 Colombia COL
33T David Griman 21 Venezuela VEN
33T John Lyon 26 Great Britain GBR
33T Amir Hussain 27 Iraq IRQ