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Wrestling at the 1908 London Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London; White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 20, 1908
Date Finished: July 20, 1908
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: USA George Mehnert
Silver: GBR William Press
Bronze: CAN Aubert Côté

Summary

George Mehnert had won the flyweight class gold medal at St. Louis in 1904. He had won U.S. championships each year from 1902-1908, with the exception of 1907. In London, he won all his matches by falls, easily defeating William Press (GBR) in straight falls in the final. It was noted, "At the end the victor offered to shake hands with the vanquished man, but the latter refused and went off grumbling."

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 George Mehnert 26 United States USA Gold
2 William Press Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Aubert Côté 27 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Frederick Tomkins Great Britain GBR
5T Frank Davis Great Britain GBR
5T Burt Sansom Great Britain GBR
5T George Saunders Great Britain GBR
5T Harry Sprenger Great Britain GBR
9T Harold Witherall Great Britain GBR
9T Guy Schwan 21 Great Britain GBR
9T William Cox Great Britain GBR
9T James Cox Great Britain GBR
9T Frederick Knight Great Britain GBR