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Boxing at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Sports Palace, Roma
Date Started: August 26, 1960
Date Finished: September 5, 1960
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: USA Eddie Crook
Silver: POL Tadeusz Walasek
Bronze: ROU Ion Monea
URS Yevgeny Feofanov


[Eddie Crook] had been considered a favorite to make the 1956 US Olympic boxing team until he broke his hand in an early trials bout, and although he continued, he lost in the finals. Between 1956-60 he won two Golden Gloves titles and the Eastern AAU crown, and qualified easily for Rome. In the eternal city, Crook had an easy time of it, winning three of his first four bouts by knockout or TKO to get to the final. In the final he faced the Pole [Tadeusz Walasek], who had won silvers at the European Championships in 1957 and 1959, but Crook prevailed by a narrow decision, 3-2. Walasek would return to win the European Championship in 1961, but Crook never fought again at a high level. He joined the military, serving two tours in Vietnam as a command sergeant major. For his service he earned two Purple Hearts, one Silver Star, and one Bronze Star.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Eddie Crook 31 United States USA Gold
2 Tadeusz Walasek 24 Poland POL Silver
3T Ion Monea 19 Romania ROU Bronze
3T Yevgeny Feofanov 23 Soviet Union URS Bronze
5T Hans Büchi 31 Switzerland SUI
5T Chang Lo-Pu 31 Chinese Taipei TPE
5T Luigi Napoleoni 23 Italy ITA
5T Frik van Rooyen 23 South Africa RSA
9T Vasil Paparizov 26 Bulgaria BUL
9T Roy Addison 21 Great Britain GBR
9T Émile Saerens 23 Belgium BEL
9T Peter Odhiambo 32 Uganda UGA
9T Moussa El-Gelidi 28 United Arab Republic UAR
9T Carlos Lucas 30 Chile CHI
9T Taffy Davies 20 Australia AUS
9T Eamonn McKeon 26 Ireland IRL
17T Fidel Odreman 23 Venezuela VEN
17T Moustafa Ben Lahbib Morocco MAR
17T Eberhard Radzik 25 Germany GER
17T Rodolfo Loza 26 Argentina ARG
17T Yoland Levèque 23 France FRA
17T Sultan Mahmoud 25 Pakistan PAK
17T Achton Mikkelsen 27 Denmark DEN
17T Mohamed Ben Gandoubi 25 Tunisia TUN
17T Egon Rusch 31 Austria AUT