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Boxing at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Celebration Hall, Royal Zoological Society, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 21, 1920
Date Finished: August 24, 1920
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: CAN Bert Schneider
Silver: GBR Alex Ireland
Bronze: USA Fred Kolberg


Albert “Bert” Schneider was a very unlikely champion. He was born in Cleveland as an American but moved to Montreal as an infant. In 1920 he won the Canadian amateur welterweight championship. He was selected for the Canadian team shortly after that, although he did not have Canadian citizenship. Rules for national representation at the Olympic Games were much looser in 1920. In the semi-finals, Schneider fought another American, Frederick Colberg, and defeated him easily. The finals were closer, and Schneider needed an extra round to win a decision over Alexander Ireland. After the Olympics, Schneider turned professional and fought about 75 fights, with only marginal success.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Bert Schneider 22 Canada CAN Gold
2 Alex Ireland 19 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Fred Kolberg 19 United States USA Bronze
4 William Clark 20 United States USA
5T Léon Gillet France FRA
5T Aage Steen 20 Norway NOR
5T Trygve Stokstad 17 Norway NOR
5T August Suhr 26 Denmark DEN
9T Roy Ingram 19 South Africa RSA
9T Georges Werll Belgium BEL
9T Willy Reichenbach Switzerland SUI
9T René Smet Belgium BEL
9T Joe Thomas South Africa RSA
9T Henri Richards France FRA
9T Frederick Whitbread Great Britain GBR
9T Ivan Schannong 20 Denmark DEN
17T Dario Della Valle 21 Italy ITA
17T Johannes Heuckelbach 27 Netherlands NED