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Boxing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Light-Welterweight

Boxing at the 1952 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


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 Chuck Adkins
Silver: URS Viktor Mednov
Bronze: FIN Erkki Mallenius
ITA Bruno Visintin


The 1952 Olympic Games marked the first shots in a sporting cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union that would last for over three decades. In boxing this rivalry came to a head in the light-welterweight division where the first ever USA-USSR final was fought out between [Chuck Adkins] and [Viktor Mednov] . In truth neither fighter had been troubled in their preliminary rounds as both reached the final via a series of unanimous points decisions and stoppages. Adkins, who arrived in Finland as understudy to Joe Reynolds to whom he had lost in the US trials, impressed the judges much as he had the US officials in pre-Games training, and won the decision over Mednov by a 2-1 split of the voting. Adkins, a former NCAA champion, went on to fight as a professional for five years without hitting the very top of his profession and also became the first black boxing coach at American collegiate level when he coached at San Jose State University.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Chuck Adkins 20 United States USA Gold
2 Viktor Mednov 24 Soviet Union URS Silver
3T Erkki Mallenius 24 Finland FIN Bronze
3T Bruno Visintin 19 Italy ITA Bronze
5T Alexander Webster 18 South Africa RSA
5T Jean Paternotte 21 Belgium BEL
5T Terry Milligan 22 Ireland IRL
5T René Weissmann 22 France FRA
9T Stanley Majid 22 Myanmar MYA
9T Fernand Backes 22 Luxembourg LUX
9T Pavle Å ovljanski 24 Yugoslavia YUG
9T Ferencz Ambruș 22 Romania ROU
9T Peter Waterman 17 Great Britain GBR
9T Salomon Carrizales 19 Venezuela VEN
9T Piet van Klaveren 21 Netherlands NED
9T Juan Curet 24 Puerto Rico PUR
17T Leszek Kudłacik 22 Poland POL
17T Béla Farkas 23 Hungary HUN
17T Hans Petersen 22 Denmark DEN
17T Norman Jones 21 Australia AUS
17T Oscar Gallardo 23 Argentina ARG
17T Herbert Schilling 22 Germany GER
17T Leif Hansen 24 Norway NOR
17T Celestino Pinto 20 Brazil BRA
17T Roy Keenan 21 Canada CAN
17T Ibrahim Afsharpour 21 Iran IRI
17T Sarkis Moussa 23 Lebanon LIB
17T Ernesto Porto 23 Philippines PHI