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Con O'Kelly, Sr.

Full name: George Cornelius "Con" O'Kelly, Sr.
Gender: Male
Height: 15-10 (190 cm)
Weight: 220 lbs (100 kg)
Born: October 29, 1886 in Gloun, Dunmanway, Cork, Ireland
Died: November 3, 1947 in Kingston upon Hull, Kingston upon Hull, Great Britain
Affiliations: Hull Amateur Wrestling Club, Kingston upon Hull (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Wrestling

Related Olympians: Father of Con O'Kelly, Jr..

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Con O'Kelly left his native Ireland in 1903 to join the Hull Fire Brigade and it was while serving on Humberside that he took up wrestling. By 1907 he had won the British heavyweight title and went on to win an Olympic gold medal. At the 1908 Olympics, O'Kelly overcame some tough opposition before meeting Jacob Gundersen in the final. The Norwegian-born Gundersen was representing his native country at the Olympics, although he had been living in New York for nine years and was the reigning American champion. At 33, Gundersen was conceding 11 years to O'Kelly, but he enjoyed a massive physical advantage and it took O'Kelly more than 13 minutes to pin his opponent in the first bout. O'Kelly won the second bout rather more easily to take the Olympic title. In the early 1920's O'Kelly emigrated to America, but he soon returned to become a farmer in Ireland before moving to England where he subsequently died. His son Con O'Kelly, Jr. represented Britain as a heavyweight boxer at the 1924 Olympics and later fought as a professional before becoming a priest.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 21 London Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle Great Britain GBR 1 Gold

Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1908 Summer 21 London Wrestling Great Britain GBR Final Round Match 1/2 1 1908-07-23 O'Kelly, Sr. (GBR) 2-0 (falls 13:27/3:35), Gundersen (NOR)
1908 Summer 21 London Wrestling Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1908-07-23 O'Kelly, Sr. (GBR) fall (2:14), Barrett (GBR)
1908 Summer 21 London Wrestling Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1908-07-23 O'Kelly, Sr. (GBR) fall (4:05), Foskett (GBR)
1908 Summer 21 London Wrestling Great Britain GBR Round One Match #5 1 1908-07-23 O'Kelly, Sr. (GBR) fall (1:20), Talbott (USA)
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