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Boxing at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Boxing Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: August 28, 1972
Date Finished: September 10, 1972
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: CUB Emilio Correa
Silver: HUN János Kajdi
Bronze: KEN Dick Murunga
USA Jesse Valdez


Welterweight was considered one of the most competitive weight divisions contested in 1972. As well as the 1968 champion [Manfred Wolke] of the GDR, the veteran Hungarian [János Kajdi], [Jesse Valdez] of the USA and the teenaged Pan American Games champion from Cuba, [Emilio Correa], were all touted as possible Olympic champions. The first of the four to fall was Wolke although his exit at the hands of Correa was due to a cut eye that happened in the second round of an otherwise even contest. The Cuban then eliminated Valdez in the semi-finals with 3-2 points decision after a desperately close contest to set up a meeting with Kajdi in the final. While the Hungarian was recognized as the most skillful boxer it was the strength of Correa that proved the dominant factor in their meeting and, despite the Cuban being forced to take a standing count in the first round, the judges unanimously voted Correa as the new Olympic champion.

Correa won the welterweight title at the first World Amateur Championships in 1974 but failed to retain either his Pan American Games or Olympic titles and retired in 1979. Thirty-six years after his father's Olympic triumph his son, [Emilio Jr.], reached the middleweight final of the 2008 Olympics only to lose to Great Britain's [James DeGale].

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Emilio Correa 19 Cuba CUB Gold
2 János Kajdi 32 Hungary HUN Silver
3T Dick Murunga 23 Kenya KEN Bronze
3T Jesse Valdez 25 United States USA Bronze
5T Maurice Hope 20 Great Britain GBR
5T Sergio Lozano 20 Mexico MEX
5T Günther Meier 31 West Germany FRG
5T Anatoly Khokhlov 24 Soviet Union URS
9T Alfonso Fernández 21 Spain ESP
9T Damdinjavyn Bandi 30 Mongolia MGL
9T Wayne Devlin 28 Australia AUS
9T Vartex Parsanian 20 Iran IRI
9T Manfred Wolke 29 East Germany GDR
9T Rabieb Sangnual 22 Thailand THA
9T John Rodgers 25 Ireland IRL
9T David Jackson 22 Uganda UGA
17T Hakkı Sözen 22 Turkey TUR
17T Garry Davis 25 Bahamas BAH
17T Emma Ankudey 28 Ghana GHA
17T James Vrij 21 Netherlands NED
17T Mirgaani Gomaa Rizgalla Sudan SUD
17T Joe Mensah 27 Nigeria NGR
17T Mbwana Mkanga 22 Tanzania TAN
17T Alfons Stawski 27 Poland POL
17T Damiano Lassandro 24 Italy ITA
17T Panagiotis Therianos 25 Greece GRE
17T Jeff Rackley 19 New Zealand NZL
17T Karl Gschwind 28 Switzerland SUI
17T Julio Medina 24 Chile CHI
17T Ib Bøtcher 20 Denmark DEN
17T Vladimir Kolev 18 Bulgaria BUL
17T Carlos Burga 20 Peru PER
33T Nicolas Ortíz 20 Puerto Rico PUR
33T Abdel Hamid Fouad Gad 28 Egypt EGY
33T Victor Zilberman 24 Romania ROU
33T Ketil Hodne 25 Norway NOR
33T Komlan Kalipe 29 Togo TOG