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Dick McTaggart

Full name: Richard "Dick" McTaggart
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: October 15, 1935 in Dundee, Dundee City, Great Britain
Affiliations: Royal Air Force/Dundee Boxing Club
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

One of five boxing brothers from Dundee, Dick McTaggart earned his place on the 1956 Olympic team by winning the ABA lightweight title. After three easy victories in Melbourne, McTaggart had a difficult time in the final against the German, Harry Kurschat, but he won the gold medal and also the Val Barker Trophy as the outstanding stylist of the Games. After completing his National Service in the RAF, McTaggart, despite his limited earnings as a laborer, declined offers to turn professional and continued in the amateur ring for many more years. In 1958 he won his second ABA title and took the gold medal at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff. He was again the ABA champion in 1960 and in his second Olympic appearance in Rome he won a bronze medal after losing to the ultimate winner, Kazimierz Paździor of Poland, in the semi-final. By 1962, McTaggart had moved up a division and was fighting as a light-welterweight. He won silver at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Perth that year and in 1963 took the ABA title at his new weight. In 1964 he became the only British boxer to compete in three Olympic Games, but as in 1960, he lost to the eventual winner in the preliminaries. After many years at the top McTaggart's days as a world class boxer were inevitably numbered but he managed a fifth and final ABA title in 1965 at the age of 30 before retiring from a career that stands in comparison with any amateur boxer who has ever represented Great Britain. After retirement, McTaggart continued to serve the sport and was the coach of the Scottish team at the 1990 Commonwealth Games.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Boxing Men's Lightweight Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
1960 Summer 24 Roma Boxing Men's Lightweight Great Britain GBR 3T Bronze
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Boxing Men's Light-Welterweight Great Britain GBR 9T

Men's Lightweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Boxing Great Britain GBR Final Round Match 1/2 1 1956-12-01 McTaggart (GBR) , Kurschat (GER) decision
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Boxing Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1956-11-30 McTaggart (GBR) , Lagetko (URS) decision
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Boxing Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1956-11-29 McTaggart (GBR) , Vairolatto (FRA) decision
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Boxing Great Britain GBR Round Two Match #6 1 1956-11-27 McTaggart (GBR) , Jayasuriya (SRI) decision
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Boxing Great Britain GBR Round One Match #11 1 1956-11-23 McTaggart (GBR) bye
1960 Summer 24 Roma Boxing Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Match #1 2 1960-09-03 Paździor (POL) , McTaggart (GBR) 2 59 58 60 58 57 292
1960 Summer 24 Roma Boxing Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1960-09-02 McTaggart (GBR) , Kellner (HUN) decision 3 59 58 59+ 58 60 294
1960 Summer 24 Roma Boxing Great Britain GBR Round Three Match #1 1 1960-09-01 McTaggart (GBR) , Blay (GHA) decision 5 60 60 60 60 60 300
1960 Summer 24 Roma Boxing Great Britain GBR Round Two Match #1 1 McTaggart (GBR) , Sooknoi (THA) decision 5 60 60 60 60 60 300
1960 Summer 24 Roma Boxing Great Britain GBR Round One Match #1 1 1960-08-25 McTaggart (GBR) bye

Men's Light-Welterweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP MR
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Boxing Great Britain GBR Round Three Match #3 2 1964-10-18 Kulej (POL) , McTaggart (GBR) 1 58 60 58 58 59 293
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Boxing Great Britain GBR Round Two Match #5 1 1964-10-15 McTaggart (GBR) , Rossi (AUS) 5 60 60 60 60 60 300 decision
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Boxing Great Britain GBR Round One Match #9 1 1964-10-11 McTaggart (GBR) bye
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