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Al Tripoli

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameSalvatore Peter "Al"•Tripoli
Used nameAl•Tripoli
Other namesJack Williams
Born5 December 1904 in New York, New York (USA)
Died7 March 1990 in Yonkers, New York (USA)
AffiliationsHollywood Inn Club
NOC United States

Biography

Al Tripoli, from Yonkers, New York, first came into contact with boxing at age 16. However, his mother did not approve of him fighting, and Tripoli took to using the pseudonym Jack Williams to hide his activities. Under that name, he won the 1924 AAU Bantamweight title in Boston, and qualified for the Olympics in Paris. This forced Tripoli to tell his mother about his sport, but he finally left for France. He reached the final against Willie Smith, but lost it due to injuries on both hands. The silver medallists then went on to fight professionally. Although Tripoli was quite successful (60 wins out of 67), he never won any major titles.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Boxing USA Al Tripoli
Bantamweight, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver