Leo Rwabwogo is the only Ugandan to have won more than a single medal at the Olympic Games and like fellow medallist Eridad Mukwanga he was a product of the Kilembe Mines Boxing Center in Western Uganda. He arrived in Mexico City in 1968 as African flyweight champion having won that title in Zambia early in the year and scored some impressive victories on his way to the semi-final including a victory over highly-touted American Davey Vasquez. Rwabwogo lost a close and controversial decision to Poland’s Artur Olech and had to settle for the bronze medal.
At the Munich Olympics he improved on his previous by reaching the final but was convincingly outpointed by Georgi Kostadinov in the final. He also won a silver medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Games and competed without success at the 1973 All-African Games. Despite these successes Rwabwogo lived the latter part of his life in poverty.
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