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Boxing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Exhibition Hall I, Helsinki
Date Started: July 29, 1952
Date Finished: August 2, 1952
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: USA Floyd Patterson
Silver: ROU Vasile Tiță
Bronze: BUL Boris Nikolov
SWE Stig Sjölin


[Floyd Patterson] left school in spring 1952 and was persuaded by his trainer, Cus D'Amato, to aim for a place on the US Olympic team for Helsinki. The 17-year-old from New Jersey duly booked his berth for Finland by winning a close, and not entirely popular, decision over the more experience Harvey Lammers. The bout with Lemmers proved the most difficult of Patterson's route to Olympic glory as he brushed aside all challengers in the Finnish capital. 2 brutal knockouts, a disqualification and an easy points win later the teenager was Olympic champion. Patterson went on to become the youngest professional World Heavyweight Champion though his aura was somewhat tarnished by defeats to [Ingemar Johansson] and Sonny Liston.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Floyd Patterson 17 United States USA Gold
2 Vasile Tiță 24 Romania ROU Silver
3T Stig Sjölin 23 Sweden SWE Bronze
3T Boris Nikolov 23 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
5T Dieter Wemhöner 21 Germany GER
5T Leen Jansen 21 Netherlands NED
5T Walter Sentimenti 29 Italy ITA
5T Tony Madigan 22 Australia AUS
9T Omar Tebakka 23 France FRA
9T Robert Malouf 20 Canada CAN
9T Boris Silchev 26 Soviet Union URS
9T Börje Grönroos 23 Finland FIN
9T Bedřich Koutný 21 Czechoslovakia TCH
9T Terry Gooding 21 Great Britain GBR
9T Nelson Andrade 19 Brazil BRA
9T Muhammad Khan 24 Pakistan PAK
17T Héctor Maturano 30 Argentina ARG
17T Fred Stürmer 24 Luxembourg LUX
17T Moustafa Fahim 27 Egypt EGY
17T Willie Duggan 26 Ireland IRL
17T Mátyás Plachy 22 Hungary HUN
17T Hans Niederhauser 23 Switzerland SUI
17T Henryk Nowara 28 Poland POL