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Boxing at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Jamsil Students' Gymnasium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 20, 1988
Date Finished: October 1, 1988
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: KEN Robert Wangila
Silver: FRA Laurent Boudouani
Bronze: POL Jan Dydak
USA Kenny Gould

Summary

As one of the few non-Cubans who had won gold at the 1986 World Championships, America's Kenny Gould had every reason to be the gold medal favourite in Seoul. His performances in the early rounds did little to dent American enthusiasm and when France's Laurent Boudouani upset Song Gyeong-Seop of Korea it appeared Gould would advance to the final comfortably when the two met in the semi-final. Boudouani had other ideas and, being the bigger man, bullied the more skillful American around the ring to take the decision.

Opposing the Frenchman in the final was Robert Wangila, the African champion from Kenya. Wangila was the complete antithesis of Gould - a powerful built fighter with a massive punch. After some initial sparring the Kenyan connected with Boudouani's jaw on the two minute mark and sent him sprawling to the canvas. The Frenchman saw out the round and another big punch knocked him down again in round two and the referee stepped in to save further punishment. As of 2012 Wangila remains the only Kenyan to have won an Olympic title outside track & field athletics.

Both finalists launched professional careers albeit with very different outcomes. Wangila based himself in Las Vegas and had won 22 of his 26 bouts when he faced David Gonzales in July 1994. After being stopped in the seventh round of a brutal fight he collapsed in his dressing room and slipped into a coma. He never regained consciousness and died three days later. His body was returned but an argument between his wife and parents over whether he had converted from Christianity to Islam delayed his funeral until a court rendered its' verdict. Two years after Wangila's death Boudouani began a reign as the WBA light middleweight champion.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Robert Wangila 22 Kenya KEN Gold
2 Laurent Boudouani 21 France FRA Silver
3T Jan Dydak 20 Poland POL Bronze
3T Kenny Gould 21 United States USA Bronze
5T Adewale Adegbusi 30 Nigeria NGR
5T Khristo Furnigov 21 Bulgaria BUL
5T Song Gyeong-Seop 25 South Korea KOR
5T Joni Nyman 26 Finland FIN
9T Javier Martínez 20 Spain ESP
9T Humberto Aranda 22 Costa Rica CRC
9T Abdoukerim Hamidou 23 Togo TOG
9T Khaidavyn Gantulga 23 Mongolia MGL
9T Darren Obah 24 Australia AUS
9T Siegfried Mehnert 25 East Germany GDR
9T Maselino Masoe 22 American Samoa ASA
9T Dimus Chisala 25 Zambia ZAM
17T Daryl Joseph 22 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
17T Lucas Sinoia 22 Mozambique MOZ
17T José García 20 Venezuela VEN
17T Asomua Naea 19 Samoa SAM
17T Francisc Vaştag 18 Romania ROU
17T Gregory Griffith Barbados BAR
17T Đorđe Petronijević 27 Yugoslavia YUG
17T Richard Hamilton 21 Jamaica JAM
17T Imre Bácskai 27 Hungary HUN
17T Abdullah Salim Al-Barwani Oman OMA
17T Alexander Künzler 26 West Germany FRG
17T Abdellah Taouane 21 Morocco MAR
17T Fidèle Mohinga 24 Central African Republic CAF
17T Alfred Ankamah 21 Ghana GHA
17T Sören Antman 21 Sweden SWE
17T Vladimir Yereshchenko 26 Soviet Union URS
33T Kasmiro Omona 25 Uganda UGA
33T Billy Walsh 25 Ireland IRL
33T Đỗ Tiến Tuấn 21 Vietnam VIE
33T Lionel Ortíz 17 Puerto Rico PUR
33T Adão N'Zuzi 25 Angola ANG
33T Pedro Fria 23 Dominican Republic DOM
33T Boston Simbeye 28 Malawi MAW
33T Joseph Marwa 24 Tanzania TAN
33T Isimeli Lesivakarua 20 Fiji FIJ
33T Manny Sobral 20 Canada CAN
33T Yoshiaki Takahashi 24 Japan JPN
33T Wanderley Oliveira 23 Brazil BRA