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Boxing at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Power Sports Building, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 8, 1928
Date Finished: August 11, 1928
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: ARG Víctor Avendaño
Silver: GER Ernst Pistulla
Bronze: NED Karel Miljon


A meeting of two favourites occurred in the very first round, Germany’s [Ernst Pistulla] removing American champion [Leon Lucas] from the competition. Pistulla also disappointed the home crowd by defeating [Karel Miljon], who had been considered the host nation's best boxing hope, in the semi-finals. The other half of the draw saw the progress of the teenage Argentine [Víctor Avendaño]. Avendaño was a late addition to the Olympic team, his status as a conscripted soldier originally barred him from traveling to Amsterdam. A special permit was arranged and took his chance at glory with spectacular results. In defeating Pistulla in the final he became the first from his country to win an individual Olympic title.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Víctor Avendaño 20 Argentina ARG Gold
2 Ernst Pistulla 21 Germany GER Silver
3 Karel Miljon 24 Netherlands NED Bronze
4 Don McCorkindale 23 South Africa RSA
5T Juozas Vinča 22 Lithuania LTU
5T Don Carrick 21 Canada CAN
5T Boy Murphy 24 Ireland IRL
5T Alf Jackson 32 Great Britain GBR
9T Domenico Ceccarelli 22 Italy ITA
9T Robert Foquet 23 France FRA
9T Sergio Ojeda 22 Chile CHI
9T Jean Welter 27 Luxembourg LUX
9T Leon Lucas 26 United States USA
9T José Montllor 20 Spain ESP
9T Emil Johansson 20 Sweden SWE
9T Alf Cleverley 20 New Zealand NZL