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Danny McDonald

Full name: Daniel "Danny" McDonald
Other name(s): Dan MacDonald
Gender: Male
Born: 1909 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Affiliations: ?, Toronto (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Danny MacDonald first represented Canada at the 1928 Summer Olympics in the featherweight freestyle event, where he defeated Harold Angus of Great Britain in the quarterfinals, before losing to Hans Minder of Switzerland, the eventual bronze medalist, in the semifinals. After winning the Canadian Welterweight Championship four years later, he had more luck in that division of the freestyle tournament at the 1932 Summer Games, where he defeated Yoshio Kono of Japan and Gyula Zombori of Hungary in the first two rounds, before suffering three bad points in a defeat against upcoming gold medalist Jack VanBebber of the United States. He accumulated one more bad point in his victory against Germany’s Jean Földeak, but held on to defeat Eino Leino of Finland in the final round and capture a silver medal. Prior to retiring from active competition, MacDonald switched weight categories and was Canadian Middleweight Champion from 1933 through 1935. He was also athletically involved in swimming and later ran a dairy near Toronto, Ontario. He was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1976.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer Amsterdam Wrestling Men's Featherweight, Freestyle Canada CAN 6
1932 Summer Los Angeles Wrestling Men's Welterweight, Freestyle Canada CAN 2 Silver

Men's Featherweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1928 Summer Amsterdam Wrestling Canada CAN Semi-Finals Match #1 2 1928-07-31 Minder (SUI) , McDonald (CAN)
1928 Summer Amsterdam Wrestling Canada CAN Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1928-07-30 McDonald (CAN) , Angus (GBR)
1928 Summer Amsterdam Wrestling Canada CAN Round One Match #2 AC 1928-07-30 McDonald (CAN)

Men's Welterweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1932 Summer Los Angeles Wrestling Canada CAN Final Standings 2 1932-08-01
1932 Summer Los Angeles Wrestling Canada CAN Final Round Match 2/3 1 1932-08-03 McDonald (CAN) fall (8:29), Leino (FIN)
1932 Summer Los Angeles Wrestling Canada CAN Round Four 2 1932-08-03 4
1932 Summer Los Angeles Wrestling Canada CAN Round Four Match #1 1 1932-08-03 McDonald (CAN) decision, Földeak (GER) 1
1932 Summer Los Angeles Wrestling Canada CAN Round Three 4 1932-08-02 3
1932 Summer Los Angeles Wrestling Canada CAN Round Three Match #2 2 1932-08-02 VanBebber (USA) decision, McDonald (CAN) 3
1932 Summer Los Angeles Wrestling Canada CAN Round Two 1 1932-08-02 0
1932 Summer Los Angeles Wrestling Canada CAN Round Two Match #1 1 1932-08-02 McDonald (CAN) fall (14:45), Zombori (HUN) 0
1932 Summer Los Angeles Wrestling Canada CAN Round One 1T 1932-08-01 0
1932 Summer Los Angeles Wrestling Canada CAN Round One Match #1 1 1932-08-01 McDonald (CAN) fall (4:58), Kono (JPN) 0
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