Rhodesia at the 1928 Summer Olympics

Southern Rhodesia competed (as Rhodesia) at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This was the first time the country had participated in the Olympic Games. It was one of two British Crown colonies who were allowed, by the International Olympic Committee, to compete as independent nations at the Games. Rhodesia was represented by two boxers; neither were able to reach the medal rounds of their respective tournaments.

Rhodesia at the
1928 Summer Olympics
Flag of Southern Rhodesia (1924–1964).svg
IOC codeRHO
in Amsterdam
Competitors2 in 1 sport
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Zimbabwe (1980–)

BackgroundEdit

Following an application by the British colony of Southern Rhodesia to the International Olympic Committee, the country was allowed to compete as an independent nation for the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This was one of two British Crown colonies that were permitted to participate independently that year, the other being Malta.[1] Southern Rhodesia, as it was known at the time, competed under the name of Rhodesia.[2] Two athletes from Southern Rhodesia were selected to compete in the 1928 games, both in boxing; Cecil Bissett in the lightweight and Leonard Hall in the welterweight weight division.[3][4] This was the fewest athletes sent to a Summer Olympics by Rhodesia, and from the 1980 Summer Olympics as Zimbabwe.[2][5]

BoxingEdit

Rhodesia was represented by two athletes in the boxing at the 1928 Olympics, each making their only Olympic appearances. Bissett received a bye past the first round on 7 August, while Hall defeated William Walther of Germany on a points decision. The second round took place on the following day, with both Rhodesians competing. Hall was knocked out of the tournament by Kintaro Usuda of Japan, while Bissett progressed following a victory in his first bout of the games against Carlos Orellana of Mexico. In the quarterfinals of the lightweight boxing, Bissett was defeated by Carlo Orlandi of Italy.[3][4]

Name Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Cecil Bissett Lightweight Bye   Orellana (MEX)
W Points
  Orlandi (ITA)
L Points
Did not advance
Leonard Hall Welterweight   Walter (GER)
W Points
  Usuda (JPN)
L Points
Did not advance

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Little 2005, p. 53.
  2. ^ a b Grasso, Mallon & Heijmans 2015, pp. 654–655.
  3. ^ a b "Cecil Bissett". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Len Hall". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Zimbabwe". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 15 October 2016.

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