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Boxing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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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: ITA Aureliano Bolognesi
Silver: POL Aleksy Antkiewicz
Bronze: FIN Erkki Pakkanen
ROU Gheorghe Fiat


An already open division was made even more open by the second rounds exits of fighters from the United States and Soviet Union and the decision of 1951 European champion [Bruno Visintin] to campaign in a higher weight category. The two men to contest the Olympic final were [Aleksy Antkiewicz], a Pole who been relatively untroubled in reaching the gold medal match, and Italian lightweight champion [Aureliano Bolognesi] whose route had been harder and had included a win over tournament favourite [Bobby Bickle] of America. The Italian was generally adjudged to have won the first round of the final, but the Pole won the second so the fight was still in the balance as they entered the third round. Inspired by the words of the trainer, Bolognesi made a desperate attempt to force the pace in the final minutes and this proved enough to tip the balance in favour of the Italian on the scorecards of two of the three judges.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Aureliano Bolognesi 21 Italy ITA Gold
2 Aleksy Antkiewicz 28 Poland POL Silver
3T Gheorghe Fiat 23 Romania ROU Bronze
3T Erkki Pakkanen 22 Finland FIN Bronze
5T Freddie Reardon 21 Great Britain GBR
5T Vicente Matute 19 Venezuela VEN
5T Américo Bonetti 24 Argentina ARG
5T István Juhász 21 Hungary HUN
9T Petros Nazarbegian 25 Iran IRI
9T Muhammad Ali 19 Pakistan PAK
9T Bobby Bickle 23 United States USA
9T Clayton Kenny 23 Canada CAN
9T Hans-Werner Wohlers 18 Germany GER
9T Aleksandr Zasukhin 23 Soviet Union URS
9T Leopold Potesil 19 Austria AUT
9T Kevin Martin 26 Ireland IRL
17T Basil Henricus 29 Sri Lanka SRI
17T Luis Albino 22 Uruguay URU
17T Niels Bertelsen 26 Denmark DEN
17T Lyubomir Markov 24 Bulgaria BUL
17T Benjamin Enríquez 22 Philippines PHI
17T Roger Cuche 23 Switzerland SUI
17T Séraphin Ferrer 20 France FRA
17T Ju Sang-Jeom 25 South Korea KOR
17T Johnny van Rensburg 20 South Africa RSA
17T Mohi Din Hamaky 23 Egypt EGY
17T Marcel Van De Keere 21 Belgium BEL