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Boxing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Flyweight

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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: USA Nate Brooks
Silver: GER Edgar Basel
Bronze: RSA Willie Toweel
URS Anatoly Bulakov


[Nate Brooks]’ Olympic dream came close to ending before he earned a place on the US team to Helsinki. During a regional preliminary bout of the US Olympic trials he suffered a deep cut on his eyebrow and only narrowly survived a medical inspection. Although Brooks had a growing reputation inside America, he lacked international experience and was not expected to challenge the Soviet star [Anatoly Bulakov]. When Bulakov was surprisingly outpointed by German fighter [Edgar Basel] the draw opened up for Brooks and, despite a scare against Romania’s [Mircea Dobrescu] in the quarter-final, a string of impressive displays of counterpunching earned him the Olympic title. Like so many fighters before and after Brooks aspired to a career in professional boxing. Although he started strongly as a pro and was North American champion his career faded away with a string of defeats. Bronze medallist [Willie Toweel] was a member of a famous South African boxing family which produced 13 professional fighters.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Nate Brooks 18 United States USA Gold
2 Edgar Basel 21 Germany GER Silver
3T Anatoly Bulakov 22 Soviet Union URS Bronze
3T Willie Toweel 18 South Africa RSA Bronze
5T Han Su-An 26 South Korea KOR
5T Dai Dower 19 Great Britain GBR
5T Torbjørn Clausen 21 Norway NOR
5T Mircea Dobrescu 21 Romania ROU
9T Basil Thompson 17 Myanmar MYA
9T Leslie Handunge 31 Sri Lanka SRI
9T Aristide Pozzali 20 Italy ITA
9T Roland Johansson 21 Sweden SWE
9T Alfred Zima 20 Austria AUT
9T Sakti Mazumdar 20 India IND
9T Al Asuncion 22 Philippines PHI
16T Yoshitaro Nagata 22 Japan JPN
16T Pablo Lugo 19 Puerto Rico PUR
16T Risto Luukkonen 21 Finland FIN
16T Kjeld Steen 27 Denmark DEN
16T Kornel Molnár Hungary HUN
16T Jesús Tello 17 Mexico MEX
16T Alberto Barenghi 22 Argentina ARG
16T Helmut Hofmann 26 Saar SAA
16T Henryk Kukier 22 Poland POL
16T Ando Reddy 19 Ireland IRL
16T Abdel Amid Boutefnouchet 20 France FRA
16T Hein van der Zee 22 Netherlands NED