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Boxing at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Light-Welterweight

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Jamsil Students' Gymnasium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 19, 1988
Date Finished: October 2, 1988
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: URS Vyacheslav Yanovsky
Silver: AUS Grahame Cheney
Bronze: FRG Reiner Gies
SWE Lars Myrberg


The current world champion, Vasiliy Shishov of the Soviet Union, had outgrown the division in the two years since the World Championships. His replacement on the Soviet team was Belarussian [Vyacheslav Yanovsky], who was also of a high calibre and had won the World Cup and also reached the final of the European Championships. [Borislav Abadzhiev] of Bulgaria, who had defeated Yanovsky to win the European title, made little impression in Seoul and was eliminated in his first bout.

Another bizarre chapter in the ongoing animosity between Korean and American boxers was enacted in the third round. For most of the tournament two rings were used concurrently with a bell used to denote the start and end of each round in one ring and a buzzer used in the other. The bout was held in the ring which used the buzzer but shortly before the end of the first round between [Todd Foster] and [Jeon Jin-Cheol] the Korean relaxed and turned to go to his corner when he heard the bell used in the other ring being rung. Foster realized Jeon's error and rushed at him, landing a left hook to the face. The Korean dropped to the canvas, some said in a deliberate attempt to get his opponent disqualified, but the referee began to count before changing his mind and consulting with his fellow officials. After frantic deliberations it was decided to call the fight a )no-contest) and restage the bout the following day. The rematch was a dramatic one and Foster dropped his opponent in the opening seconds and though the Korean fought back gamely, the American knocked him out in round two.

Foster's success was short-lived and he lost in an upset to Australia's [Grahame Cheney] in the next round. Cheney built on this to become Australia's first boxing finalist since the London Games of 1908. Try as he might Cheney could not match the expertise of Yanovsky in the final, who won the 14th and last of the Soviet Union's Olympic boxing titles. At the relatively advanced age of 33 Yanovsky decided to embark on a professional career. He won all but two of his 32 contests and won national titles in Russia, Japan and Germany but never challenged for a global title.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Vyacheslav Yanovsky 31 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Grahame Cheney 19 Australia AUS Silver
3T Lars Myrberg 23 Sweden SWE Bronze
3T Reiner Gies 25 West Germany FRG Bronze
5T Todd Foster 21 United States USA
5T Humberto Rodríguez 19 Mexico MEX
5T Anthony Mwamba 28 Zambia ZAM
5T Sodnomdarjaagiin Altansükh 19 Mongolia MGL
9T Ike Quartey 18 Ghana GHA
9T Jeon Jin-Cheol 21 South Korea KOR
9T Duke Chinyadza 26 Zimbabwe ZIM
9T Howard Grant 22 Canada CAN
9T Ludovic Proto 23 France FRA
9T Lyton Mphande 25 Malawi MAW
9T Adrian Carew-Dodson 17 Guyana GUY
9T David Kamau 24 Kenya KEN
17T Miguel González 19 Paraguay PAR
17T José Saizozema 22 Dominican Republic DOM
17T Liasu Braimoh 23 Nigeria NGR
17T Andrzej Możdżeń 26 Poland POL
17T Apete Temo 19 Fiji FIJ
17T Andreas Otto 24 East Germany GDR
17T Ahmad Mayez Khanji 21 Syria SYR
17T Mark Elliott 22 Great Britain GBR
17T Rashi Ali Hadj Matumla 20 Tanzania TAN
17T Khalid Rahilou 22 Morocco MAR
17T Anoumou Aguiar 23 Togo TOG
17T Vukašin Dobrašinović 24 Yugoslavia YUG
17T Lóránt Szabó 22 Hungary HUN
17T Martin N'Dongo Ebanga 22 Cameroon CMR
17T Dan Odindo 25 Uganda UGA
32T Handhal Mohamed Al-Harithy Oman OMA
32T Tomás Ruiz 21 Spain ESP
32T Søren Søndergaard 22 Denmark DEN
32T Kouassi Kouassi 21 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
32T Jhapat Singh Bhujel Nepal NEP
32T Avaavau Avaavau 23 Samoa SAM
32T Kunihiro Miura 26 Japan JPN
32T Jonas Bade 32 Papua New Guinea PNG
32T Borislav Abadzhiev 24 Bulgaria BUL
32T Bilal El-Masri 20 Lebanon LIB
32T Víctor Pérez 17 Puerto Rico PUR
32T Abidnasir Shabab 22 Jordan JOR
32T Hubert Wester 27 Aruba ARU
32T Pravit Suwanwichit 26 Thailand THA