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Boxing at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Korakuen Hall, Bunkyo, Tokyo
Date Started: October 14, 1964
Date Finished: October 23, 1964
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: ITA Cosimo Pinto
Silver: URS Aleksey Kiselyov
Bronze: BUL Aleksandar Nikolov
POL Zbigniew Pietrzykowski


[Zbigniew Pietrzykowski], the man who lost to Cassius Clay in the final at the 1960 Games, returned as a veteran of 30 for his third Games having been a decisive winner of the previous year's European title. Also present in Tokyo was the winner of the pre-Olympic tournament, [Cosimo Pinto] of Italy, who had also won this class at the Mediterranean Games in Napoli. The story of the early rounds was the showing of [Aleksey Kiselyov] of the Soviet Union. Kiselyov had moved up in weight from the middleweight division but had adapted well and was noted as a strong and aggressive fighter. The stocky Soviet accounted for Pietrzykowski in the semi-finals and was fully expected to use his strength to batter Pinto in the final. What happened next didn't conform to expectations and instead the fight developed into a fairly negative affair. Two judges awarded the contest to the Italian by a single point whilst the other three had the two men level at 59 points apiece. Two of the tied judges awarded their preference to the Kiselyov but crucially the German judge opted for Pinto and the man from Novara was crowned Olympic champion. Pinto fought on as an amateur and retired in 1968 still only 25 years of age.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Cosimo Pinto 21 Italy ITA Gold
2 Aleksey Kiselyov 26 Soviet Union URS Silver
3T Aleksandar Nikolov 24 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
3T Zbigniew Pietrzykowski 30 Poland POL Bronze
5T Jürgen Schlegel 24 Germany GER
5T Sayed Mersal 27 Egypt EGY
5T Rafael Gargiulo 27 Argentina ARG
5T František Poláček 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
9T Henry Mugwanya 21 Uganda UGA
9T Rudie Lubbers 19 Netherlands NED
9T Bernard Thébault 21 France FRA
9T Thomas Arimi 30 Ghana GHA
9T Bela Istvan Horvath 27 Switzerland SUI
9T Ronald Holmes 29 Jamaica JAM
9T Firmin N'Guia 24 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
9T Bob Christopherson 28 United States USA
17T Fred Casey 22 Australia AUS
17T Barkat Ali 29 Pakistan PAK
17T Gheorghe Negrea 30 Romania ROU