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Boxing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight

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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: POL Zygmunt Chychła
Silver: URS Sergey Shcherbakov
Bronze: DEN Viktor Jørgensen
GER Günther Heidemann


Czechoslovakia’s [Július Torma] returned to defend his Olympic title but by 1952 he had been succeeded as European champion by [Zygmunt Chychła] of Poland who had embarked on a long unbeaten run since 1948. The draw pitted the two fighters together at the quarter-final stage and it was the Pole who emerged triumphant via a unanimous points decision. Chychła’s opponent in the final was [Sergey Shcherbakov] of the Soviet Union. The Soviets were making their first foray into international competition and Scherbakov was considered by team officials to be the poster boy for the USSR and a possible Olympic champion. To the surprise of the Soviets, though probably of few others, the technically gifted Pole was too good for his opponent and was a clear winner of the title. Chychła was European champion again in 1953 but retired soon afterwards after suffering from tuberculosis.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Zygmunt Chychła 25 Poland POL Gold
2 Sergey Shcherbakov 34 Soviet Union URS Silver
3T Viktor Jørgensen 28 Denmark DEN Bronze
3T Günther Heidemann 19 Germany GER Bronze
5T Július Torma 30 Czechoslovakia TCH
5T Ron Norris 19 India IND
5T Moos Linneman 21 Netherlands NED
5T Franco Vescovi 22 Italy ITA
9T Jacob Butula 21 Canada CAN
9T Iivari Malmikoski 25 Finland FIN
9T Hendrik van der Linde 20 South Africa RSA
9T Harry Gunnarsson 22 Sweden SWE
9T Lou Gage 24 United States USA
9T José Dávalos 24 Mexico MEX
9T Nicolae Linca 23 Romania ROU
9T George Issabeg 21 Iran IRI
17T Alexandre Dib 22 Brazil BRA
17T Marcos Sarfatti 23 Argentina ARG
17T Anwar Pasha Turki 25 Pakistan PAK
17T Peter Crotty 24 Ireland IRL
17T Jeannot Welter 24 Luxembourg LUX
17T Johnny Maloney 20 Great Britain GBR
17T Ali Belkacem 21 France FRA
17T Pierre Wouters 21 Belgium BEL
17T Vicente Tuñacao 27 Philippines PHI
17T Pál Budai 27 Hungary HUN
17T Sergio Gascue 19 Venezuela VEN
17T Fathi Abdel Rahman 20 Egypt EGY
17T Peter Müller 24 Switzerland SUI