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Featherweight (≤57 kilograms), Men

Date15 – 26 October 1968
StatusOlympic
LocationArena México, Ciudad de México
Participants32 from 32 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

The final came down to a bout between Mexico’s Antonio Roldán and the United States’s Al Robinson. Cheered on by the Mexican fans, the bout was stopped in the second round for a purported head butt by Robinson, although films of the fight failed to show this. In such circumstances, the disqualified boxer usually does not receive a medal, but Robinson was allowed to keep the silver medal. Both fighters turned professional, with Roldán having an undistinguished career, winning three fights, losing two, with one draw, and retiring in 1973. But Robinson came to a sadder end. He won 11 of 13 professional fights through the end of 1970. While training in 1971 he collapsed into a coma, and never regained consciousness, dying three years later. One bronze medalist in 1968, Kenya’s Philip Waruinge, who had lost to Roldán by 3-2 decision in the semis, came back in 1972 to win the silver medal in this class.

PosBoxerNOC
1Antonio RoldánMEXGold
2Al RobinsonUSASilver
=3Philip WaruingeKENBronze
=3Ivan MihaylovBULBronze
=5Miguel GarcíaARG
=5Valery PlotnikovURS
=5Abdel Hady Khallaf AllahEGY
=5Seyfi TatarTUR
=9Aurel SimionROU
=9Mohamed SourourMAR
=9Elio CotenaITA
=9Edward TraceyIRL
=9Teogenes PelegrinoPHI
=9Jovan PajkovićYUG
=9Kim Seong-EunKOR
=9Nils Dag StrømmeNOR
=17Francisco OduardoCUB
=17Mario SantamaríaNCA
=17Jean-Paul AntonFRA
=17Ali MebarkiALG
=17Carl-Axel PalmSWE
=17Risto MeronenFIN
=17Errol WestJAM
=17Hwad Ibrahim Abdel HamidSUD
=17Fantahun SeifuETH
=17Johnny CheshireGBR
=17Reinaldo MercadoPUR
=17Mouldi ManaiTUN
=17Andrés MartínESP
=17Tadashi OkamotoJPN
=17Jan WadasPOL
=17Werner RuzickaFRG

Round One (15 October 1968)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Miguel GarcíaARG Francisco OduardoCUB Decision (3 - 2)
Match #2 Aurel SimionROU Mario SantamaríaNCA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Philip WaruingeKEN Jean-Paul AntonFRA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #4 Mohamed SourourMAR Ali MebarkiALG Decision (4 - 1)
Match #5 Elio CotenaITA Carl-Axel PalmSWE Decision (5 - 0)
Match #6 Valery PlotnikovURS Risto MeronenFIN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #7 Edward TraceyIRL Errol WestJAM Decision (4 - 1)
Match #8 Antonio RoldánMEX Hwad Ibrahim Abdel HamidSUD Decision (5 - 0)
Match #9 Teogenes PelegrinoPHI Fantahun SeifuETH Knock Out (Round 2, 0:50)
Match #10 Al RobinsonUSA Johnny CheshireGBR Referee Stops Contest (Round 2)
Match #11 Jovan PajkovićYUG Reinaldo MercadoPUR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #12 Abdel Hady Khallaf AllahEGY Mouldi ManaiTUN Decision (4 - 1)
Match #13 Seyfi TatarTUR Andrés MartínESP Decision (5 - 0)
Match #14 Kim Seong-EunKOR Tadashi OkamotoJPN Decision (3 - 2)
Match #15 Ivan MihaylovBUL Jan WadasPOL Decision (4 - 1)
Match #16 Nils Dag StrømmeNOR Werner RuzickaFRG Decision (3 - 2)

Round Two (17 October 1968)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Miguel GarcíaARG Aurel SimionROU Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Philip WaruingeKEN Mohamed SourourMAR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Valery PlotnikovURS Elio CotenaITA Decision (3 - 2)
Match #4 Antonio RoldánMEX Edward TraceyIRL Decision (4 - 1)
Match #5 Al RobinsonUSA Teogenes PelegrinoPHI Knock Out (Round 2)
Match #6 Abdel Hady Khallaf AllahEGY Jovan PajkovićYUG Disqualified (Round 3)
Match #7 Seyfi TatarTUR Kim Seong-EunKOR Decision (3 - 2)
Match #8 Ivan MihaylovBUL Nils Dag StrømmeNOR Decision (5 - 0)

Quarter-Finals (22 October 1968)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Philip WaruingeKEN Miguel GarcíaARG Decision (4 - 1)
Match #2 Antonio RoldánMEX Valery PlotnikovURS Decision (4 - 1)
Match #3 Al RobinsonUSA Abdel Hady Khallaf AllahEGY Decision (5 - 0)
Match #4 Ivan MihaylovBUL Seyfi TatarTUR Decision (3 - 2)

Semi-Finals (24 October 1968)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Antonio RoldánMEX Philip WaruingeKEN Decision (3 - 2)
Match #2 Al RobinsonUSA Ivan MihaylovBUL Decision (4 - 1)

Final Round (26 October 1968)

Match 1/2 Antonio RoldánMEX Al RobinsonUSA Disqualified (Round 2)