Boxing at the Summer Olympics

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Boxing at the Summer Olympics
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Governing bodyAIBA
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.

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 10 for men and 3 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]
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
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
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
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
-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
Women's weight classes
2012–2016 2020
Middleweight
69–75 kg
Lightweight
57–60 kg
Flyweight
48–51 kg
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 2016 Summer Olympics.
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 United States (USA)502440114
2 Cuba (CUB)37191773
3 Great Britain (GBR)18132556
4 Italy (ITA)15151747
5 Soviet Union (URS)14191851
6 Russia (RUS)1051530
7 Hungary (HUN)102820
8 Poland (POL)892643
9 Argentina (ARG)771024
10 Kazakhstan (KAZ)77822
11 France (FRA)691126
12 South Africa (RSA)64919
13 East Germany (GDR)52613
14 Germany (GER)491023
15 Bulgaria (BUL)45918
16 Thailand (THA)44614
17 Ukraine (UKR)43714
18 Uzbekistan (UZB)42814
19 South Korea (KOR)371020
20 Canada (CAN)37717
21 China (CHN)33612
22 Yugoslavia (YUG)32611
23 Czechoslovakia (TCH)3126
24 Ireland (IRL)25916
25 Mexico (MEX)23813
26 North Korea (PRK)2338
27 Finland (FIN)211215
28 Japan (JPN)2035
29 Romania (ROU)191525
30 Denmark (DEN)15612
31 United Team of Germany (EUA)1326
32 Mongolia (MGL)1247
 Netherlands (NED)1247
34 Venezuela (VEN)1236
35 Norway (NOR)1225
36 Kenya (KEN)1157
37 Brazil (BRA)1135
38 Belgium (BEL)1124
39 New Zealand (NZL)1113
40 Algeria (ALG)1056
 West Germany (FRG)1056
42 Dominican Republic (DOM)1012
43 Sweden (SWE)05611
44 Nigeria (NGR)0336
45 Uganda (UGA)0314
46 Philippines (PHI)0235
 Turkey (TUR)0235
48 Spain (ESP)0224
49 Belarus (BLR)0202
50 Azerbaijan (AZE)0178
51 Puerto Rico (PUR)0156
52 Colombia (COL)0145
53 Australia (AUS)0134
 Egypt (EGY)0134
55 Chile (CHI)0123
 Ghana (GHA)0123
57 Cameroon (CMR)0112
 Unified Team (EUN)0112
59 Australasia (ANZ)0101
 Czech Republic (CZE)0101
 Estonia (EST)0101
 Tonga (TGA)0101
63 Morocco (MAR)0044
64 India (IND)0022
 Moldova (MDA)0022
 Tunisia (TUN)0022
67 Armenia (ARM)0011
 Bermuda (BER)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 (79 nations)252251443946

Medalists[edit]

Boxers who have won 3 or more Olympic medals.

As of the 2016 Summer Olympics
# Boxer Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Félix Savón  Cuba (CUB) 3 0 0 3
1 Teófilo Stevenson  Cuba (CUB) 3 0 0 3
1 László Papp  Hungary (HUN) 3 0 0 3
4 Zou Shiming  China (CHN) 2 0 1 3
4 Oleg Saitov  Russia (RUS) 2 0 1 3
4 Boris Lagutin  Soviet Union (URS) 2 0 1 3
7 Roberto Cammarelle  Italy (ITA) 1 1 1 3
8 Zbigniew Pietrzykowski  Poland (POL) 0 1 2 3
9 Arnold Vanderlyde  Netherlands (NED) 0 0 3 3

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 17
 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 19
 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]

  1. ^ "(Male) Olympic Boxers Will No Longer Wear Ridiculous and Dangerous Headgear - FIGHTLAND".
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-08-20. Retrieved 2006-08-10.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-08-08. Retrieved 2012-08-10.