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Men's Lightweight

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Alexander Memorial Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 21, 1996
Date Finished: August 3, 1996
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: ALG Hocine Soltani
Silver: BUL Toncho Tonchev
Bronze: ROU Leonard Doroftei
USA Terrance Cauthen


The clear favourite in the lightweight division was [Leonard Doroftei], a Romanian who held both the world and European titles and who already had an Olympic bronze medal from Barcelona. However, Doroftei came unstuck in the semi-final against [Hocine Soltani] of Algeria and had to settle for another bronze medal. Soltani's opponent for the gold medal was the European Championship silver medallist [Toncho Tonchev], a Roma (Gypsy) from Bulgaria. The final failed to live up to expectations and degenerated into a tedious contest between the fleet footed but cautious Algerian and an opponent who was unable cope with Soltani's agility. With the score at 2-1 to Soltani in the final round he was penalised two points by the referee but he soon scored with a left cross to level matters. No further scoring punches were recorded and the gold was decided on count back by 20 to 16 in the Algerian's favour. This was his nation's first Olympic gold medal in the sport.

Soltani turned professional in 1998 and had four wins before suddenly and unexpectedly quitting the sport in 2000. He was reported as being missing in 2002 and nothing more was heard of him until his dead body was found near Marseilles two years later. The circumstances of his disappearance are still a mystery.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Hocine Soltani 23 Algeria ALG Gold
2 Toncho Tonchev 23 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3T Terrance Cauthen 20 United States USA Bronze
3T Leonard Doroftei 26 Romania ROU Bronze
5 Mike Strange 25 Canada CAN
6 Phongsit Veangviseth 24 Thailand THA
7 Sin Eun-Cheol 22 South Korea KOR
8 K'oba Gogoladze 23 Georgia GEO
9T Mekhak Ghazaryan 29 Armenia ARM
9T Denis Zimba 24 Zambia ZAM
9T Jaroslav Konečný 19 Czech Republic CZE
9T Tümentsetsegiin Üitümen 25 Mongolia MGL
9T Fabrizio Nieva 31 Argentina ARG
9T Agnaldo Magalhães 20 Brazil BRA
9T Sergey Kopenkin 24 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
9T Julio González 35 Cuba CUB
17T Francisco Martínez 19 Mexico MEX
17T Sergey Ostroshapkin 20 Belarus BLR
17T Octavian Ţicu 23 Moldova MDA
17T Idrissa Kabore 18 Burkina Faso BUR
17T Irvin Buhlalu 21 South Africa RSA
17T Miguel Mojica 20 Dominican Republic DOM
17T Mukhammad Kadyr Abdullayev 22 Uzbekistan UZB
17T George Maina Kinianjui 22 Kenya KEN
17T Franco Agentho 22 Uganda UGA
17T Vahdettin İşsever 27 Turkey TUR
17T Henry Kungsi 26 Papua New Guinea PNG
17T Cristian Giantomassi 23 Italy ITA
17T Julio Mboumba 31 Gabon GAB
17T Romeo Brin 23 Philippines PHI
17T Ri Chol 20 North Korea PRK