Boxing at the Summer Olympics

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Boxing at the Summer Olympics
Boxing pictogram.svg
Governing bodyAIBA (suspended)
IOC (only 2020)
Events13 (men: 8; women: 5)
Games

Boxing has been contested at every Summer Olympic Games since its introduction to the program at the 1904 Summer Olympics, except for the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, because Swedish law banned the sport at the time. The 2008 Summer Olympics were the final games with boxing as a male only event. Since the 2012 Summer Olympics, women's boxing is part of the program.

Summary[edit]

Games Year Events Best Nation
1
2
3 1904 7  United States
4 1908 5  Great Britain
5
6
7 1920 8  United States
8 1924 8  United States
9 1928 8  Italy
10 1932 8  Argentina
11 1936 8  Germany
12
13
14 1948 8  South Africa
15 1952 10  United States
16 1956 10  Soviet Union
17 1960 10  Italy
18 1964 10  Soviet Union
19 1968 11  Soviet Union
20 1972 11  Cuba
Games Year Events Best Nation
21 1976 11  United States
22 1980 11  Cuba
23 1984 12  United States
24 1988 12  United States
25 1992 12  Cuba
26 1996 12  Cuba
27 2000 12  Cuba
28 2004 11  Cuba
29 2008 11  China
30 2012 13  Great Britain
31 2016 13  Uzbekistan
32 2020 13  Cuba

Events[edit]

The boxing competition is organized as a set of tournaments, one for each weight class. The number of weight classes has changed over the years (currently 8 for men and 5 for women), and the definition of each class has changed several times, as shown in the following table. Until 1936, weights were measured in pounds, and from 1948 onwards, weights were measured in kilograms.

From the 2016 Summer Olympics, male athletes no longer have to wear protective headgear in competition, due to a ruling by the AIBA and the IOC that it contributes to greater concussion risk. Female athletes will continue to wear the headgear, due to "lack of data" on the effectiveness of it on women.[1]

Men's weight classes
1904[a] 1908 1920–1936 1948 1952–1964 1968–1980 1984–2000 2004–2008[2] 2012–2016[3] 2020 [4]
Heavyweight
+158 lb
(+71.7 kg)
Heavyweight
+175 lb
(+79.4 kg)
Heavyweight
+80 kg
Heavyweight
+81 kg
Super-Heavyweight
+91 kg
Heavyweight
81–91 kg
Light-Heavyweight
75–81 kg
Light-Heavyweight
73–80 kg
Light-Heavyweight
160–175 lb
(72.6–79.4 kg)
Middleweight
71–75 kg
Middleweight
69–75 kg
Middleweight
67–73 kg
Middleweight
147–160 lb
(66.7–72.6 kg)
Middleweight
145–158 lb
(65.8–71.7 kg)
Middleweight
140–158 lb
(63.5–71.7 kg)
Light-Middleweight
67–71 kg
Welterweight
64–69 kg
Welterweight
63–69 kg
Welterweight
62–67 kg
Welterweight
63.5–67 kg
Welterweight
135–147 lb
(61.2–66.7 kg)
Welterweight
135–145 lb
(61.2–65.8 kg)
Light-Welterweight
60–64 kg
Lightweight
126–140 lb
(57.2–63.5 kg)
Light-Welterweight
60–63.5 kg
Lightweight
57–63 kg
Lightweight
58–62 kg
Lightweight
125–135 lb
(56.7–61.2 kg)
Lightweight
126–135 lb
(57.2–61.2 kg)
Lightweight
57–60 kg
Lightweight
56–60 kg
Featherweight
54–58 kg
Featherweight
116–126 lb
(52.6–57.2 kg)
Featherweight
118[b]–126 lb
(53.5–57.2 kg)
Featherweight
54–57 kg
Featherweight
52–57 kg
Featherweight
115–125 lb
(52.2–56.7 kg)
Bantamweight
52–56 kg
Bantamweight
51–54 kg
Bantamweight
112–118[b] lb
(50.8–53.5 kg)
Bantamweight
–116 lb
(-52.6 kg)
Bantamweight
105–115 lb
(47.6–52.2 kg)
Flyweight
49–52 kg
Flyweight
48–52 kg
Flyweight
-51 kg
Flyweight
48–51 kg
Flyweight
–112 lb
(-50.8 kg)
Light-Flyweight
46–49 kg
Light-Flyweight
-48 kg
Flyweight
–105 lb
(-47.6 kg)
7 5 8 8 10 11 12 11 10 8
Women's weight classes
1904 2012–2016 2020
deomonstration bout Middleweight
69–75 kg
Welterweight
64–69 kg
Lightweight
57–60 kg
Featherweight
54–57 kg
Flyweight
48–51 kg
N/A 3 5

Medal table[edit]

The following table is ranked by the number of golds, then silvers, then bronzes. Until 1948, losing semi-finalists held a bronze medal playoff; since 1952, both losing semi-finalists have received bronze medals.

As of the 2020 Summer Olympics.
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 United States (USA)502741118
2 Cuba (CUB)41191878
3 Great Britain (GBR)20152762
4 Italy (ITA)15151848
5 Soviet Union (URS)14191851
6 Russia (RUS)1051530
7 Hungary (HUN)102820
8 Poland (POL)892643
9 Argentina (ARG)771024
 Kazakhstan (KAZ)771024
11 France (FRA)691126
12 South Africa (RSA)64919
13 Bulgaria (BUL)55919
14 Uzbekistan (UZB)52815
15 East Germany (GDR)52613
16 Germany (GER)491023
17 Ireland (IRL)451120
18 Thailand (THA)44715
 Ukraine (UKR)44715
20 South Korea (KOR)371020
21 Canada (CAN)37717
22 China (CHN)35614
23 Yugoslavia (YUG)32611
24 Czechoslovakia (TCH)3126
25 Japan (JPN)3058
26 Mexico (MEX)23813
27 North Korea (PRK)2338
28 Brazil (BRA)2248
29 Finland (FIN)211316
30 Romania (ROU)191525
31 Denmark (DEN)15612
32 Turkey (TUR)1337
33 United Team of Germany (EUA)1326
34 Netherlands (NED)1258
35 Mongolia (MGL)1247
36 Venezuela (VEN)1236
37 Norway (NOR)1225
38 Kenya (KEN)1157
39 ROC1146
40 Belgium (BEL)1124
 New Zealand (NZL)1124
42 Algeria (ALG)1056
 West Germany (FRG)1056
44 Dominican Republic (DOM)1012
45 Philippines (PHI)06511
46 Sweden (SWE)05611
47 Nigeria (NGR)0336
48 Uganda (UGA)0314
49 Spain (ESP)0224
50 Belarus (BLR)0202
51 Azerbaijan (AZE)0189
52 Puerto Rico (PUR)0156
53 Australia (AUS)0145
 Colombia (COL)0145
55 Egypt (EGY)0134
 Ghana (GHA)0134
57 Chile (CHI)0123
58 Cameroon (CMR)0112
 Unified Team (EUN)0112
60 Australasia (ANZ)0101
 Czech Republic (CZE)0101
 Estonia (EST)0101
 Tonga (TGA)0101
64 India (IND)0044
 Morocco (MAR)0044
66 Armenia (ARM)0022
 Moldova (MDA)0022
 Tunisia (TUN)0022
69 Bermuda (BER)0011
 Chinese Taipei (TPE)0011
 Croatia (CRO)0011
 Georgia (GEO)0011
 Guyana (GUY)0011
 Lithuania (LTU)0011
 Mauritius (MRI)0011
 Niger (NIG)0011
 Pakistan (PAK)0011
 Syria (SYR)0011
 Tajikistan (TJK)0011
 Uruguay (URU)0011
 Zambia (ZAM)0011
Totals (81 nations)2662664721004

Nations[edit]

Nation 96 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Years
 Afghanistan (AFG)       3 1 1 3
 Algeria (ALG)       2 1 2 7 6 8 6 7 7 7 8 8 12
 American Samoa (ASA)       2 2 1 3
 Andorra (AND)       1 1
 Angola (ANG)       3 3 1 3
 Antigua and Barbuda (ANT)       2 1
 Argentina (ARG)       1 10 8 8 8 8 10 10 10 10 8 5 3 6 4 3 5 7 1 1 2 6 22
 Armenia (ARM)       4 3 1 4 1 5 6
 Aruba (ARU)       2 1
 Australasia (ANZ)     1   1
 Australia (AUS)       3 3 7 5 9 10 10 4 4 4 2 5 4 6 8 9 9 9 11 3 20
 Austria (AUT)       3 1 6 5 4 1 5 3 2 1 2 1 2 1 14
 Azerbaijan (AZE)       2 5 9 2 8 11 6
 Bahamas (BAH)       2 3 1 1 4
 Barbados (BAR)       2 2 2 2 1 5
 Belarus (BLR)       5 1 6 4 3 3 6
 Belgium (BEL)       13 10 6 8 8 5 1 4 1 1 10
 Belize (BIZ)       1 1
 Benin (BEN)       2 7 3 1 4
 Bermuda (BER)       1 2 1 3
 Bolivia (BOL)       1 1
 Botswana (BOT)       2 1 1 1 2 2 1 7
 Brazil (BRA)       3 6 2 5 3 2 2 4 4 3 4 6 6 5 6 10 9 17
 Bulgaria (BUL)       4 2 6 6 9 9 11 11 11 7 6 3 5 2 4 3 16
 Burkina Faso (BUR)       2 1 1 3
 Cambodia (CAM)       4 1 2
 Cameroon (CMR)       4 3 4 6 4 4 2 3 3 5 4 11
 Canada (CAN)       8 9 7 7 4 7 7 6 4 4 4 5 9 10 10 10 11 7 5 1 3 3 22
 Cape Verde (CPV)       1 1 2
 Central African Republic (CAF)       2 2 1 1 4
 Chad (CHA)       1 1
 Chile (CHI)       4 4 4 5 3 3 4 6 3 1 1 11
 China (CHN)       2 4 3 3 6 10 9 11 8
 Chinese Taipei (TPE)       1 2 7 3 1 2 2 1 2 9
 Colombia (COL)       7 5 5 2 3 4 3 5 5 3 5 11
 Republic of the Congo (CGO)       3 1
 Cook Islands (COK)       3 1
 Costa Rica (CRC)       2 1 2
 Ivory Coast (CIV)       3 3 2 3
 Croatia (CRO)       1 1 2 2 2 5
 Cuba (CUB)       1 6 11 11 11 11 12 12 12 11 10 8 10 13
 Czechoslovakia (TCH)       3 8 5 5 5 3 5 5 2 3 3 4 12
 Czech Republic (CZE)       4 2 1 3
 Denmark (DEN)     2   12 8 6 2 8 6 5 3 5 4 2 3 3 3 5 4 2 1 19
 Dominican Republic (DOM)       2 6 1 6 5 6 6 3 5 6 3 2 12
 Democratic Republic of the Congo (COD)       6 5 1 1 1 5
 East Germany (GDR)       8 8 8 10 11 5
 Ecuador (ECU)       2 1 3 1 2 1 3 7 4 9
 Egypt (EGY)       1 4 5 7 8 5 6 3 6 4 3 4 7 6 3 5 4 17
 El Salvador (ESA)       2 1
 Estonia (EST)       1 1 2 3
 Ethiopia (ETH)       3 4 6 8 2 2 2 7
 Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)       1 1
 Fiji (FIJ)       2 2 1 3
 Finland (FIN)       3 2 6 6 10 3 7 5 5 4 5 5 5 3 1 1 1 1 18
 France (FRA)     7   15 16 8 6 6 8 10 6 8 4 6 6 6 2 4 4 5 7 8 6 9 5 11 24
 Gabon (GAB)       1 2 1 1 2 1 2 2 8
 The Gambia (GAM)       1 1
 Georgia (GEO)       5 2 2 2 4
 Germany (GER)       8 8 8 10 12 8 8 4 4 4 6 11
 Ghana (GHA)       6 7 7 6 6 4 5 2 4 6 3 1 12
 Great Britain (GBR)     32   16 16 8 3 8 8 10 7 10 8 9 9 7 9 12 8 10 2 2 1 7 10 12 24
 Greece (GRE)       1 2 1 2 3 4 3 2 1 1 2 3 6 2 14
 Grenada (GRN)       4 4 1 3
 Guam (GUM)       1 1
 Guatemala (GUA)       2 1 1 2 1 5
 Guinea (GUI)       3 2 1 1 4
 Guyana (GUY)       1 2 2 4 3 3 2 1 8
 Haiti (HAI)       3 1 1 1 4
 Honduras (HON)       2 2 1 1 4
 Hong Kong (HKG)       2 1
 Hungary (HUN)       1 4 2 6 6 9 2 6 5 6 6 8 9 9 8 5 3 5 5 3 2 21
 India (IND)       7 4 3 2 3 2 3 5 3 4 4 5 8 3 14
 Independent Olympic Athletes (IOA)       1 1
 Indonesia (INA)       3 2 2 3 2 2 4 2 1 9
 Iran (IRI)       8 6 4 5 5 6 5 4 3 1 3 4 1 13
 Iraq (IRQ)       2 2 7 3 3 2 1 1 1 9
 Ireland (IRL)       7 8 4 8 8 7 10 5 6 6 5 7 6 7 6 4 1 1 5 6 8 21
 Israel (ISR)       2 3 1 3
 Italy (ITA)       5 16 7 8 8 8 10 8 10 10 11 8 6 4 7 7 5 5 6 6 6 7 7 23
 Jamaica (JAM)       1 2 3 1 3 3 4 2 3 9
 Japan (JPN)       2 5 5 2 3 5 9 4 4 6 7 7 4 3 2 1 2 4 2 19
 Jordan (JOR)       2 1 2 3
 Kazakhstan (KAZ)       8 7 8 10 11 12 6
 Kenya (KEN)       5 4 8 10 12 5 5 4 4 2 3 11
 Kuwait (KUW)       3 1
 Kyrgyzstan (KGZ)       3 5 2 1 1 5
 Laos (LAO)       6 2 1 3
 Latvia (LAT)       1 1 1 3
 Lebanon (LIB)       1 1 1 2 1 3 6
 Lesotho (LES)       2 3 2 1 2 5
 Liberia (LBR)       4 1
 Lithuania (LTU)       2 4 1 2 2 3 2 2 8
 Luxembourg (LUX)       6 5 5 4 4 5 6
 Madagascar (MAD)       3 3 2 1 1 1 1 7
 Malaysia (MAS)       2 1 2
 Malawi (MAW)       3 6 7 3
 Mali (MLI)       1 1 1 1 4
 Mauritius (MRI)       1 3 3 1 2 2 2 7
 Mexico (MEX)       4 6 4 1 3 3 5 11 8 3 4 6 6 4 8 6 5 3 2 6 20
 Moldova (MDA)       2 1 2 2 1 5
 Mongolia (MGL)       9 6 7 7 6 3 1 1 4 4 6 11
 Montenegro (MNE)       1 1 2
 Morocco (MAR)       7 2 5 3 5 4 7 7 6 5 7 10 8 10 14
 Mozambique (MOZ)       3 1 1 3
 Myanmar (MYA)       2 3 4 3 3 2 2 1 8
 Namibia (NAM)       1 2 1 2 3 2 2 7
 Nepal (NEP)       4 3 3 5 4
 Netherlands (NED)       8 9 6 8 6 5 3 4 2 2 2 2 5 3 14
 New Zealand (NZL)       1 2 3 3 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 1 1 1 2 15
 Nicaragua (NCA)       3 2 1 2 3 2 1 7
 Niger (NIG)       1 2 4 2 3 1 6
 Nigeria (NGR)       4 4 5 6 8 6 7 9 4 5 7 4 3 1 14
 North Korea (PRK)       2 3 6 6 2 1 2 1 2 9
 Norway (NOR)       14 9 5 6 4 4 2 1 4 3 1 1 12
 Oman (OMA)       2 1
 Pakistan (PAK)       3 4 6 4 4 2 2 4 2 4 4 4 5 13
 Panama (PAN)       1 2 1 1 4
 Papua New Guinea (PNG)       2 2 5 4 1 1 6
 Paraguay (PAR)       2 2 2
 Peru (PER)       3 2 2 1 4
 Philippines (PHI)       4 5 5 5 5 1 6 5 4 3 3 6 6 5 4 4 1 1 2 4 23
 Poland (POL)       5 4 7 6 10 9 10 10 11 11 11 11 7 8 4 5 3 2 1 2 20
 Portugal (POR)       1 1
 Puerto Rico (PUR)       3 3 1 6 6 10 3 11 10 8 7 5 5 5 5 1 16
 Qatar (QAT)       2 1
 Republic of China (ROC)       2 1
 Rhodesia (RHO)       2 4 1 3
 Romania (ROU)       4 10 4 9 9 9 11 11 11 6 2 5 6 10 3 2 2 1 18
 Russia (RUS)       9 12 11 11 10 11 6
 Saar (SAA)       3 1
 Samoa (SAM)       4 7 3 2 1 1 6
 Senegal (SEN)       4 1 1 3
 Serbia (SRB)       1 1
 Serbia and Montenegro (SCG)       1 1
 Seychelles (SEY)       2 4 2 3 1 1 1 7
 Sierra Leone (SLE)       1 2 2 2 1 1 6
 Singapore (SIN)       1 1
 Slovakia (SVK)       2 1
 South Africa (RSA)       7 4 6 5 6 8 8 7 8 2 5 3 3 1 2 15
 South Korea (KOR)       3 4 5 6 8 7 6 6 9 12 11 9 9 7 5 2 16
 South Yemen (YMD)       2 1
 Solomon Islands (SOL)       1 1
 Soviet Union (URS)       10 10 10 10 11 11 11 11 12 9
 Spain (ESP)       7 6 8 8 4 6 5 5 4 5 7 1 1 1 2 2 16
 Sri Lanka (SRI)       4 2 2 2 2 1 1 7
 Sudan (SUD)       3 3 5 4 5 5
 Swaziland (SWZ)       3 2 1 1 1 5
 Sweden (SWE)       5 8 3 4 4 7 3 2 2 2 3 6 6 6 3 6 1 2 3 1 20
 Switzerland (SUI)       1 7 8 4 6 6 2 1 3 9
 Syria (SYR)       8 2 3 2 2 1 1 7
 Tajikistan (TJK)       1 1 3 4 1 5
 Tanzania (TAN)       1 8 9 6 4 5 2 1 8
 Thailand (THA)       5 4 5 3 7 5 5 6 6 6 9 6 8 3 4 15
 Togo (TOG)       2 3 3 3
 Tonga (TGA)       7 3 2 1 4
 Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)       2 1 1 1 4
 Tunisia (TUN)       5 2 4 3 1 3 3 4 5 5 5 5 2 13
 Turkey (TUR)       6 7 3 6 4 1 8 9 7 5 6 6 12
 Turkmenistan (TKM)       1 2 1 2 1 5
 Uganda (UGA)       6 5 8 8 7 11 9 3 2 4 5 1 2 13
 Ukraine (UKR)       7 11 6 7 7 5 6
 Unified Team (EUN)       12 1
 United Team of Germany (EUA)       8 10 10 3
 United Arab Republic (UAR)       4 1
 United States (USA)     18   16 16 8 8 8 8 10 8 10 10 11 11 11 12 11 12 12 12 9 8 12 8 23
 Uruguay (URU)       5 7 8 2 3 1 4 1 1 1 2 2 12
 Uzbekistan (UZB)       7 10 9 7 6 11 6
 Vanuatu (VAN)       1 1 2
 Venezuela (VEN)       5 2 3 4 7 10 9 3 6 3 2 4 7 6 3 8 16
 Vietnam (VIE)       2 2 2
 Virgin Islands (ISV)       1 2 1 2 1 2 1 7
 West Germany (FRG)       8 9 6 8 6 5
 Yugoslavia (YUG)       3 4 5 3 7 9 7 7 8
 Zambia (ZAM)       2 4 4 8 9 7 4 4 2 2 3 1 1 13
 Zimbabwe (ZIM)       3 3 2 3
No. of nations - - 1 4 - 12 27 29 18 31 39 43 34 54 56 65 80 54 51 81 106 78 97 75 72 77 77 74
No. of boxers - - 18 42 - 116 181 144 85 179 205 249 161 281 269 307 354 266 271 354 432 336 355 307 280 283 283 286
Year 96 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Boxers were allowed to compete in multiple weight classes in 1904, as long as they were not over the maximum weight for each class.
  2. ^ a b The division between Bantamweight and Featherweight was moved from 118 lb to 119 lb for 1932–1936.

References[edit]

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