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Maurice Letchford

Full name: Maurice E. Letchford
Other name(s): Morris Litchford
Gender: Male
Height: 5'9" (174 cm)
Born: August 27, 1908 in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Died: August 15, 1965 in [unknown], Unknown, South Africa
Affiliations: ?, Montréal (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

South African-born wrestler Maurice Letchford’s only major international tournament was the 1928 Summer Olympics, where he competed in the welterweight division. After defeating Belgium’s Hyacinthe Roosen in the quarterfinals, he lost to upcoming silver medalist Lloyd Appleton of the United States in the semifinals, but bested France’s Jean Jourlin in the third place match to win a bronze medal. After being passed over for the inaugural 1930 British Empire Games, Letchford turned professional in 1932 and competed through the late 1940s. His professional career took him international, and he was a well-known performer in Canada, Britain, and the United States. After his competitive life ended, he turned to wrestling promotion and was active in this field in Canada through the mid-1950s, at which point he returned to South Africa. He continued to promote wrestling in that country until his death in August 1965.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 19 Amsterdam Wrestling Men's Welterweight, Freestyle Canada CAN 3 Bronze

Men's Welterweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1928 Summer 19 Amsterdam Wrestling Canada CAN Semi-Finals Match #1 2 1928-07-31 Appleton (USA) , Letchford (CAN)
1928 Summer 19 Amsterdam Wrestling Canada CAN Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1928-07-30 Letchford (CAN) , Roosen (BEL)
1928 Summer 19 Amsterdam Wrestling Canada CAN Round One Match #4 AC 1928-07-30 Letchford (CAN)
1928 Summer 19 Amsterdam Wrestling Canada CAN 3rd-Place Tournament Match #1 1 1928-08-01 Letchford (CAN) , Cook (GBR)
1928 Summer 19 Amsterdam Wrestling Canada CAN 3rd-Place Tournament Match #3 1 1928-08-01 Letchford (CAN) , Jourlin (FRA)