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Boxing at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Mexico Arena, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 13, 1968
Date Finished: October 26, 1968
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: USA Ronnie Harris
Silver: POL Józef Grudzień
Bronze: ROU Calistrat Cuțov
YUG Zvonko Vujin


The 1964 gold medalist was Poland's [Józef Grudzień] and since Tokyo he had won the 1967 European Amateur Championship in this class, after taking a silver medal in that event in 1965. In 1964 Grudzień had defeated American [Ronnie Harris] in the semi-final. The final in 1968 would again come down to Grudzień against [Ronnie Harris] from the United States, but oddly enough, this was a different Ronnie Harris than had represented the USA in 1964. This Ronnie Harris was a three-time AAU Champion (1966-68), a two-time Golden Gloves champion, and had won the 1967 Pan American Games gold medal. He won a unanimous decision in Mexico City over Grudzień to win the 1968 gold medal. Harris turned professional after the Olympics, fighting through 1982 and finishing with a career record of 35 wins and 2 losses. Unfortunately his two losses came in his only two title fights, losing a bout for the WBA/WBC middleweight title to Hugo Corro in 1978, and losing to Sammy NeSmith in 1980 for the NABF middleweight crown.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ronnie Harris 20 United States USA Gold
2 Józef Grudzień 29 Poland POL Silver
3T Calistrat Cuțov 20 Romania ROU Bronze
3T Zvonko Vujin 25 Yugoslavia YUG Bronze
5T Stoyan Pilichev 29 Bulgaria BUL
5T Mohamed Muruli 21 Uganda UGA
5T Luis Minami 25 Peru PER
5T Enzo Petriglia 22 Italy ITA
9T José Antonio Duran 22 Mexico MEX
9T Mongi Lahdhili 22 Tunisia TUN
9T John H. Stracey 18 Great Britain GBR
9T Armando Mendoza 20 Venezuela VEN
9T Yeter Sevimlı 19 Turkey TUR
9T Valery Belousov 28 Soviet Union URS
9T Marty Quinn 18 Ireland IRL
9T Pedro Agüero 19 Argentina ARG
17T Bayu Ayele 19 Ethiopia ETH
17T Dominique Azzaro 20 France FRA
17T Erik Nikkinen 24 Finland FIN
17T Alfonso Molina 24 Nicaragua NCA
17T Lee Chang-Gil 19 South Korea KOR
17T Marvin Arneson 25 Canada CAN
17T Luis Muñoz 21 Chile CHI
17T Ramón Puello 22 Dominican Republic DOM
17T Tin Tun 23 Myanmar MYA
17T Juan Rivero 27 Uruguay URU
17T László Gula 24 Hungary HUN
17T Peter Rieger 24 East Germany GDR
17T Inoua Bodia 20 Cameroon CMR
17T Roberto Caminero 23 Cuba CUB
17T Dele Jonathan 23 Nigeria NGR
17T Sayed Abdel Gadir 32 Sudan SUD
33T Ho Su-Lung 28 Chinese Taipei TPE
33T Marcos Chinea 21 Spain ESP
33T Joe Martey 24 Ghana GHA
33T Eugenio Febus 19 Puerto Rico PUR
33T Rodolfo Arpon 24 Philippines PHI