Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Catalonia National Institute of Physical Education (INEFC), Barcelona
Date Started: August 3, 1992
Date Finished: August 5, 1992
Format: Two groups (A and B). Double elimination tournament within each group. Top five in each group advance to placement matches for 1st-10th place.
The favorite was Bulgarian [Valentin Yordanov], who had been World Champion in 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, was runner-up in 1990-91, and was European Champion in 1982-83, and from 1985-89. He had also been the favorite at Seoul in 1988 but struggled and placed only eighth. Another prominent contender was American [Zeke Jones], the 1991 World Champion. Literally no one had heard of North Korea’s [Li Hak-Son]. Li and Yordanov won all their early matches in Group A and then Li upset Yordanov to advance to the gold medal match, where he met Jones, the winner of Group B. The final was no contest, with Li winning the gold medal 8-1.
Yordanov did manage to win a bronze medal in 1992, defeating South Korean [Kim Seon-Hak], 9-3. Yordanov would continue to dominate the class, winning the 1993-95 World Championships, and finally at Atlanta in 1996, he would win his long-awaited Olympic gold medal.
|1||Li Hak-Son||22||North Korea||PRK||Gold|
|2||Zeke Jones||25||United States||USA||Silver|
|4||Kim Seon-Hak||19||South Korea||KOR|
|AC||Shane Stannett||26||New Zealand||NZL||Eliminated r3/6 Group A||3,0|
|AC||Volodymyr Tohuzov||25||Unified Team||EUN||Eliminated r2/6 Group A||1,0|
|AC||Anil Kumar||20||India||IND||Eliminated r2/6 Group A||0,0|
|AC||Joe Oziti||18||Nigeria||NGR||Eliminated r2/6 Group A||0,0|
|AC||Alfredo Leyva||22||Cuba||CUB||Eliminated r3/6 Group B||3,0|
|AC||Laureano Atanes||20||Spain||ESP||Eliminated r3/6 Group B||0,0|
|AC||Thierry Bourdin||29||France||FRA||Eliminated r2/6 Group B||1,0|
|AC||Chokri Boudchiche||28||Tunisia||TUN||Eliminated r2/6 Group B||0,0|