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Dick Garrard

Full name: Richard Edward "Dick" Garrard
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6 (168 cm)
Born: July 28, 1910 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Died: March 1, 2003
Affiliations: ?, Victoria, (AUS)
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Wrestling

Related Olympians: Father of Richard Garrard.

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Dick Garrard had one of the longest careers of any wrestler ever and he had to overcome adversity to do so. Garrard began wrestling quite late, in 1929, at age 20, and qualified for the 1936 Olympics, where he lost two matches and was eliminated. On his return home, Garrard was virtually killed in an automobile accident in Colorado. A doctor at the Denver hospital where he was taken told him, “You'll never wrestle again.” But only eight months later, Garrard defended his Australian title. From 1931 until his retirement in 1956, Garrard never lost a match in Australia, posting an overall lifetime mark of 516 wins and 9 losses. He won a silver medal in the 1948 Olympic welterweight freestyle class. He also won three gold medals (1934, 1938, and 1950) and one bronze medal (1954) at the Empire Games (all four in the lightweight freestyle class) and won a gold medal at the Pan-Pacific Games in 1939. Garrard competed in the 1954 World Championships and was hoping to be named to the Australian team for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. But at 47 years old, he had lost much of his form and was not selected. He retired immediately after the announcement. He was awarded an MBE in 1970 and an OBE in 1976.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 26 Berlin Wrestling Men's Lightweight, Freestyle Australia AUS AC
1948 Summer 37 London Wrestling Men's Welterweight, Freestyle Australia AUS 2 Silver
1952 Summer 41 Helsinki Wrestling Men's Lightweight, Freestyle Australia AUS AC

Men's Lightweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result RE BP MR MMR/RE
1936 Summer 26 Berlin Wrestling Australia AUS Final Standings AC 1936-08-02 Eliminated r2/6 6
1936 Summer 26 Berlin Wrestling Australia AUS Round Two 13T 1936-08-03 6
1936 Summer 26 Berlin Wrestling Australia AUS Round Two Match #7 2 1936-08-03 Kárpáti (HUN) fall (2:45), Garrard (AUS) 3
1936 Summer 26 Berlin Wrestling Australia AUS Round One 11T 1936-08-02 3
1936 Summer 26 Berlin Wrestling Australia AUS Round One Match #6 2 1936-08-02 Romagnoli (ITA) decision (3-0), Garrard (AUS) 3
1952 Summer 41 Helsinki Wrestling Australia AUS Final Standings AC 1952-07-20 5 Eliminated r3/8
1952 Summer 41 Helsinki Wrestling Australia AUS Round Three 10T 1952-07-22 5
1952 Summer 41 Helsinki Wrestling Australia AUS Round Three Match #5 2 1952-07-22 Shimotori (JPN) decision (3-0), Garrard (AUS) 3
1952 Summer 41 Helsinki Wrestling Australia AUS Round Two 6T 1952-07-21 2
1952 Summer 41 Helsinki Wrestling Australia AUS Round Two Match #5 1 1952-07-21 Garrard (AUS) decision (3-0), Blasi (ARG) 1
1952 Summer 41 Helsinki Wrestling Australia AUS Round One 6T 1952-07-20 1
1952 Summer 41 Helsinki Wrestling Australia AUS Round One Match #5 1 1952-07-20 Garrard (AUS) decision (3-0), Vard (IRL) 1

Men's Welterweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1948 Summer 37 London Wrestling Australia AUS Final Standings 2 1948-07-29
1948 Summer 37 London Wrestling Australia AUS Final Round Match #1 2 1948-07-31 Doğu (TUR) fall (6:45), Garrard (AUS)
1948 Summer 37 London Wrestling Australia AUS Round Six 2 1948-07-31 4
1948 Summer 37 London Wrestling Australia AUS Round Six Match #2 AC 1948-07-31 Garrard (AUS) 0
1948 Summer 37 London Wrestling Australia AUS Round Five 2T 1948-07-31 4
1948 Summer 37 London Wrestling Australia AUS Round Five Match #1 2 1948-07-31 Merrill (USA) decision (2-1), Garrard (AUS) 2
1948 Summer 37 London Wrestling Australia AUS Round Four 2 1948-07-31 2
1948 Summer 37 London Wrestling Australia AUS Round Four Match #2 1 1948-07-31 Garrard (AUS) fall (7:01), Leclerc (FRA) 0
1948 Summer 37 London Wrestling Australia AUS Round Three 2 1948-07-30 2
1948 Summer 37 London Wrestling Australia AUS Round Three Match #2 1 1948-07-30 Garrard (AUS) fall (2:20), Bhargava (IND) 0
1948 Summer 37 London Wrestling Australia AUS Round Two 2T 1948-07-30 2
1948 Summer 37 London Wrestling Australia AUS Round Two Match #1 1 1948-07-30 Garrard (AUS) decision (2-1), Sóvári (HUN) 1
1948 Summer 37 London Wrestling Australia AUS Round One 3T 1948-07-29 1
1948 Summer 37 London Wrestling Australia AUS Round One Match #2 1 1948-07-29 Garrard (AUS) decision (3-0), Angst (SUI) 1
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