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Men's Lightweight

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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 1, 1988
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: GDR Andreas Zülow
Silver: SWE George Cramne
Bronze: MGL Nergüin Enkhbat
USA Romallis Ellis


Three times a world champion in three different weight categories, [Adolfo Horta]'s chances of adding Olympic gold to the silver he won in Moscow were ruined in both 1984 and 1988 by the decision of Cuba to boycott the Games. Such was the strength of Cuban lightweight boxing that, even as reigning world champion, he may have been overlooked for the Olympics in favour of Julio González.

With Cuba absent, [Andreas Zülow], a world bronze medalist representing East Germany, emerged to become Olympic champion. Zülow's only scare came at the third round stage where he faced the Soviet Union's [Kostya Tszyu]. The German won though by the smallest possible margin – the preferential vote of a judge whose scorecard was even while the other four judges split evenly in their opinions. He was then untroubled in his final three bouts.

This was Zülow's only major championships victory although he did reach the finals of the 1989 World Championships and 1991 European Championships. He tried and failed to capture another Olympic title, this time at a higher weight category, in Barcelona.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Andreas Zülow 22 East Germany GDR Gold
2 George Cramne 21 Sweden SWE Silver
3T Romallis Ellis 22 United States USA Bronze
3T Nergüin Enkhbat 26 Mongolia MGL Bronze
5T Charlie Kane 20 Great Britain GBR
5T Kamal Marjouane 23 Morocco MAR
5T Emil Chuprenski 28 Bulgaria BUL
5T Mohamed Hegazi 27 Egypt EGY
9T Michael Carruth 21 Ireland IRL
9T Phat Kongrum 29 Thailand THA
9T István Turu 25 Hungary HUN
9T Héctor Arroyo 22 Puerto Rico PUR
9T Kassim Traoré 22 Mali MLI
9T Mark Kennedy 21 Jamaica JAM
9T Azzedine Saïd 27 Algeria ALG
9T Kostya Tszyu 18 Soviet Union URS
17T Satoru Higashi 25 Japan JPN
17T John Elson Mkangala 25 Malawi MAW
17T Asif Dar 22 Canada CAN
17T Adrianus Taroreh 22 Indonesia INA
17T Jean-Paul Bonatou 22 Cameroon CMR
17T José Pérez 24 Venezuela VEN
17T Kibar Tatar 19 Turkey TUR
17T Tommy Gbay 29 Liberia LBR
17T Lee Gang-Seok 21 South Korea KOR
17T Tobi Pelly Sudan SUD
17T Terepai Maea 21 Cook Islands COK
17T Eduardo de la Peña 20 Guam GUM
17T Shakes Kubuitsile 26 Botswana BOT
17T Blessing Onoko 18 Nigeria NGR
17T Giorgio Campanella 18 Italy ITA
17T Sean Knight 19 Barbados BAR
33T Lameck Mbao 25 Zambia ZAM
33T Dalbahadur Ranamagar Nepal NEP
33T Charles Lubulwa 23 Uganda UGA
33T Daniel Freitas 22 Uruguay URU
33T Patrick Waweru 32 Kenya KEN
33T Leopoldo Cantancio 25 Philippines PHI
33T Guillermo Tamez 22 Mexico MEX