Song Soon-chun

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Song Soon-chun
Medal record
Men's Boxing
Representing  South Korea
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1956 Melbourne Bantamweight
Asian Games
Bronze medal – third place Tokyo 1958 Featherweight

Song Soon-Chun (Hangul: 송순천, Hanja: 宋順天) (born 15 January 1934 in Seoul, South Korea) is a former amateur boxer from South Korea.


Song competed for South Korea in the 1956 Summer Olympics held in Melbourne, Australia. In the bantamweight boxing event, he captured the silver medal. His silver medal was South Korea's first silver medal at the Olympic Games.

Song participated in the Olympics one more time in 1960, moving up in weight to featherweight, but was eliminated in the second round by eventual gold medalist Francesco Musso of Italy.

1956 Olympic results

Below are the bouts of Song Soon-Chun, who competed for South Korea as a bantamweight in the 1956 Olympic boxing tournament in Melbourne, Australia:

  • 1st Round: defeated Alberto Adela (Philippines) on points
  • Round of 16: defeated Robert Bath (Australia) on points
  • Quarterfinal: defeated Carmelo Tomaselli (Argentina) on points
  • Semifinal: defeated Claudio Barrientos (Chile) on points
  • Final: lost to Wolfgang Behrendt (Germany) on points; was awarded silver medal

Post career

After receiving his PhD, Song served as a full professor at Yong-In University for 22 years. He is currently the leader of the Korean Olympian Association, which was made up of the South Korean Olympic medalists.


1956 Olympic Games
Event Round Result Opponent Score
Bantamweight First Win Philippines Alberto Adela pts
Second Win Australia Robert Bath pts
Quarterfinal Win Argentina Carmelo Tomaselli pts
Semifinal Win Chile Claudio Barrientos pts
Final Loss Germany Wolfgang Behrendt 2-3
1960 Olympic Games
Event Round Result Opponent Score
Featherweight First Win Nigeria Joseph Okezie 3-2
Second Loss Italy Francesco Musso 0-5


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