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Boxing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Exhibition Hall I, Helsinki
Date Started: July 28, 1952
Date Finished: August 2, 1952
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: TCH Ján Zachara
Silver: ITA Sergio Caprari
Bronze: FRA Joseph Ventaja
RSA Len Leisching


The featherweight division was the most closely contested at the Helsinki Olympics with over a third of the bouts being decided by a split decision of the judges. The man who survived the action unscathed was 23-year-old university student [Ján Zachara] of Czechoslovakia. Zachara survived three successive fights from quarter-final onwards when one of the judges decided he had lost whilst the other two declared him the victor. He seemed especially lucky to defeat European champion [Joseph Ventaja] in a hotly disputed semi-final bout. Zachara, a locksmith by profession, won the gold by defeating [Sergio Caprari] of Italy. This was the only major tournament title for the Slovakian Zachara who returned to unsuccessfully defend his title in 1956.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ján Zachara 23 Czechoslovakia TCH Gold
2 Sergio Caprari 20 Italy ITA Silver
3T Joseph Ventaja 22 France FRA Bronze
3T Len Leisching 17 South Africa RSA Bronze
5T Len Walters 20 Canada CAN
5T Lech Drogosz 19 Poland POL
5T János Erdei 32 Hungary HUN
5T Edson Brown 17 United States USA
9T Pentti Niinivuori 20 Finland FIN
9T Pedro Galasso 22 Brazil BRA
9T Gheorghe Ilie 25 Romania ROU
9T Sidney Greave 26 Pakistan PAK
9T Willi Roth 22 Germany GER
9T Stevan Redli 21 Yugoslavia YUG
9T Kurt Schirra 20 Saar SAA
9T Seo Byeong-Ran 30 South Korea KOR
17T Nyein Nil Ba 28 Myanmar MYA
17T Toshihito Ishimaru 21 Japan JPN
17T Benoy Bose 22 India IND
17T Percy Lewis 23 Great Britain GBR
17T Yury Sokolov 23 Soviet Union URS
17T Ángel Leyes 22 Argentina ARG
17T Salah El-Din Fatih 28 Egypt EGY
17T Don McDonnell 18 Australia AUS
17T Emanoul Aghasi 21 Iran IRI
17T Tommy Reddy 22 Ireland IRL
17T Georgi Malezanov 25 Bulgaria BUL
17T Luis Aranguren 21 Venezuela VEN
17T Åke Wärnström 26 Sweden SWE
17T Alfred Willommet 23 Switzerland SUI