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Men's Lightweight

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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: HUN Imre Harangi
Silver: EST Nikolai Stepulov
Bronze: SWE Erik Ågren


One of the favored fighters in this division was Germany’s [Karl Schmedes], European Championship bronze medallist, but he was eliminated in the very first bout of the competition by [José Padilla] of the Philippines, who had also competed in Los Angeles.

The second round saw the exit of the European champion, [Facchin] of Italy and the big punching Belgian [Dewinter]. Dewinter’s fight with [Andy Scrivani] of the USA was costly for the American, a number of cuts were opened up above his eyes and the resultant damage was blamed for impeding him in his quarter-final loss against the Swede, [Erik Ågren]. Ågren impressed those at ringside with his skilful performance against the courageous American, was briefly considered a possible champion but then lost his next fight to [Stepulov] of Estonia.

[José Padilla]’s medal hopes were ended by [Imre Harangi] of Hungary in the last eight and the Hungarian continued his run to the final by defeating [Kops] of Denmark. Estonia had never entered a boxing team before but Nikolai Stepulov won the vote of the judges in his first four contests and found himself in the final against Harangi.

The Estonian started strongly in the final and observers judged him to have taken the first round with a crisp display of punching. By this time Harangi had began bleeding over both eyes, one cut was measured at nearly four centimetres, and his vision was becoming impaired. Despite his injuries the Hungarian fought back and from the second round onwards took the upper hand. An appreciative crowd cheered him as he edged ahead and took the verdict.

Stepulov and Ågren went on to win medals at the 1937 European championships. In the professional ranks. Simon Dewinter, who fought and lost a European title match, was most successful.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Imre Harangi 22 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Nikolai Stepulov 23 Estonia EST Silver
3 Erik Ågren 20 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Poul Kops 20 Denmark DEN
5T Lidoro Oliver 20 Argentina ARG
5T José Padilla 25 Philippines PHI
5T Carlos Lillo 20 Chile CHI
5T Andy Scrivani 19 United States USA
9T Norm Fisher 20 New Zealand NZL
9T Ragnar Haugen 24 Norway NOR
9T Robert Seidel 18 Switzerland SUI
9T Czesław Cyraniak 22 Poland POL
9T Hidekichi Nagamatsu 21 Japan JPN
9T Kosta Hakim 19 Egypt EGY
9T Simon Dewinter 27 Belgium BEL
9T Marino Facchin 23 Italy ITA
17T Karl Schmedes 27 Germany GER
17T François Aupetit 23 France FRA
17T André Wollscheidt 22 Luxembourg LUX
17T Jan Chytrý 19 Czechoslovakia TCH
17T Thomas Hamilton-Brown 20 South Africa RSA
17T André Rasenberg 22 Netherlands NED
17T Alois Swatosch 25 Austria AUT
17T Freddie Simpson 20 Great Britain GBR
17T Constantin David 23 Romania ROU
17T Lorenzo Delgado 19 Mexico MEX