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George MacKenzie

Full name: George MacKenzie
Gender: Male
Born: November 21, 1888 in London, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: June 27, 1957 in London, Greater London, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Wrestling

Biography

Former policeman George MacKenzie was involved in nine Olympics. He was five times a competitor between 1908-28 and was then a coach to the British wrestling team at Berlin in 1936, an organiser in 1948, head of the British wrestling team in 1952, and in 1956 was secretary of the British Wrestling Association. He had the honour of carrying the flag at the Melbourne Opening Ceremony. His wife Lily also became involved in the sport and in 1948 was the first woman to be a wrestling recorder at the Olympics.

Despite his five Olympic appearances, in both the freestyle and Greco-Roman classes, George’s best finish was fourth in the lightweight freestyle competition in 1908. The following year MacKenzie was the British lightweight champion. It was to be the first of 10 British titles at lightweight and featherweight between then and 1941 when he was over 52 years of age. He also became a highly respected coach at the Ashdown Club in Islington, London and the club provided seven members of the 16-strong Great Britain team for the 1948 London Games. George died in 1957, just seven months after carrying the British flag at the Melbourne Olympics.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 19 London Wrestling Men's Lightweight, Greco-Roman Great Britain GBR 17T
1908 Summer 19 London Wrestling Men's Lightweight, Freestyle Great Britain GBR 4
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Wrestling Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman Great Britain GBR AC r2/8
1920 Summer 31 Antwerpen Wrestling Men's Lightweight, Freestyle Great Britain GBR 5T
1924 Summer 35 Paris Wrestling Men's Featherweight, Freestyle Great Britain GBR 8T
1928 Summer 39 Amsterdam Wrestling Men's Lightweight, Freestyle Great Britain GBR 10T

Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Wrestling Great Britain GBR Round One Match #16 1 MacKenzie (GBR) decision (30:00), Miezītis (RUS)

Men's Lightweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1908 Summer 19 London Wrestling Great Britain GBR Round One Match #11 2 1908-07-23 Malmström (SWE) fall (3:35), MacKenzie (GBR)

Men's Featherweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1924 Summer 35 Paris Wrestling Great Britain GBR Round Two Match #4 2 1924-07-11 Torgensen (DEN) decision, MacKenzie (GBR)

Men's Lightweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1908 Summer 19 London Wrestling Great Britain GBR Final Round Match 3/4 2 1908-07-24 Gingell (GBR) 2-0 (falls 6:44/3:20), MacKenzie (GBR)
1908 Summer 19 London Wrestling Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Match #2 2 1908-07-24 Wood (GBR) fall (14:41), MacKenzie (GBR)
1908 Summer 19 London Wrestling Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1908-07-24 MacKenzie (GBR) fall (6:20), McKenzie (GBR)
1908 Summer 19 London Wrestling Great Britain GBR Round One Match #3 AC 1908-07-24 MacKenzie (GBR)
1920 Summer 31 Antwerpen Wrestling Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Match #3 2 1920-08-26 Svensson (SWE) decision, MacKenzie (GBR)
1928 Summer 39 Amsterdam Wrestling Great Britain GBR Round One Match #3 2 1928-07-30 Leino (FIN) , MacKenzie (GBR)
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