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Boxing at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Germany Hall, Berlin
Date Started: August 11, 1936
Date Finished: August 15, 1936
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: ARG Oscar Casanovas
Silver: RSA Charles Catterall
Bronze: GER Josef Miner


Two names missing from the competition were the top rated American [Joe Church], sent home from Berlin by the US boxing team management for disciplinary reasons, and Otto Kästner, the European champion who had been supplanted in the German team by [Josef Miner]. Miner was considered one of the best fighters in the division along with [Catterall] of South Africa, who was the British Empire Games champion, and [Frigyes] of Hungary.

The only stoppage of the first series was that of [Gabuco] of the Phillipines, carried out by the “replacement” US boxer [Ted Kara] in the most impressive display of the early rounds. Kara was not to fight for a medal, as he fell victim to the tricky Catterall in the quarter-finals. [Oscar Casanovas] of Argentina came to notice when he defeated future European champion [Polus] of Poland with ease in the last eight and he followed this up with another impressive victory against the talented Hungarian Frigyes in the semi-finals. The South African Catterall built upon his reputation with a victory over the home boxer Miner in front of an excited Berlin crowd and guaranteed what was to be South Africa’s only medal of the Games.

The final produced a clash of styles, the Argentine edging to victory with a late flourish, landing a series of hooks on his opponent. Although this continued the run of Argentine boxing victories that had started in 1928, the Argentine team themselves were disappointed with only a single gold medal.

Catterall later became a South African professional champion whilst Miner was a victim of World War II.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Oscar Casanovas 22 Argentina ARG Gold
2 Charles Catterall 21 South Africa RSA Silver
3 Josef Miner 22 Germany GER Bronze
4 Dezső Frigyes 22 Hungary HUN
5T Billy Marquart 21 Canada CAN
5T Aleksander Polus 22 Poland POL
5T Jack Treadaway 22 Great Britain GBR
5T Ted Kara 20 United States USA
9T Sigfred Madsen 20 Denmark DEN
9T Josef Jelen 21 Czechoslovakia TCH
9T Åke Karlsson 24 Finland FIN
9T Arquímedes Arrieta 18 Uruguay URU
9T Remi Lescrauwaet 20 Belgium BEL
9T Jan Nicolaas 23 Netherlands NED
9T Evald Seeberg 25 Estonia EST
16T Clarrie Gordon 19 New Zealand NZL
16T Giuseppe Farfanelli 21 Italy ITA
16T Sajiro Miyama 19 Japan JPN
16T Karl Zurflüh 23 Switzerland SUI
16T Khalil Amira El-Maghrabi 22 Egypt EGY
16T Hans Wiltschek 24 Austria AUT
16T Sabino Islas 18 Mexico MEX
16T Nicolae Berechet 21 Romania ROU
16T Felipe Gabuco 20 Philippines PHI