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Ted Morgan

Full name: Edward "Ted" Morgan
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Weight: 148 lbs (67 kg)
Born: April 5, 1906 in East Ham, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: November 22, 1952 in Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Country: NZL New Zealand
Sport: Boxing

Related Olympians: Husband of Norma Wilson.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Ted Morgan, who emigrated to New Zealand in 1907, became the first New Zealander to win an Olympic gold medal while competing for New Zealand (swimmer Malcolm Champion in 1912 had competed for “Australasia”). Morgan won the welterweight division at the Olympic Games in Amsterdam in 1928, despite dislocating a finger of his left hand when sparring in London a week before the Games. Morgan was left-handed — a southpaw — which made the injury even more critical to his chances. Morgan protected the hand as much as he could during his first three bouts, each of which he won on points, but could contain himself no longer in the final. He hit his opponent, Argentine Paul Landini, with his left but Morgan thought he suffered more. The final went the distance but Landini congratulated and hugged Morgan before the unanimous decision was announced. Morgan later had a brief professional career and when his fighting days were over, he turned to refereeing and judging. He married a fellow competitor, Norma Wilson, who competed in the 100 metres in Amsterdam.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Boxing Men's Welterweight New Zealand NZL 1 Gold

Men's Welterweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR R
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Boxing New Zealand NZL Final Round Match 1/2 1 1928-08-11 Morgan (NZL) , Landini (ARG) decision
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Boxing New Zealand NZL Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1928-08-10 Morgan (NZL) , Galataud (FRA) decision
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Boxing New Zealand NZL Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1928-08-09 Morgan (NZL) , Caneva (ITA) decision
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Boxing New Zealand NZL Round Two Match #2 1 1928-08-08 Morgan (NZL) , Johansson (SWE) knock-out 2
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Boxing New Zealand NZL Round One Match #3 1 1928-08-07 Morgan (NZL)
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