Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 22, 1908
Date Finished: July 22, 1908
Format: Single-elimination tournament.
This class brought together two recent champions. [Verner Weckman] (FIN) had been world heavyweight champion in 1905, and [Carl Jensen] (DEN) was the 1907 European heavyweight champion. In addition, Weckman had won the [middleweight] gold medal at the 1906 Olympics. Weckman barely escaped with his second gold medal, winning the final over [Yrjö Saarela] (FIN) by two falls to one, taking the deciding fall in 16:10.
Weckman was not able to see the Finnish flag raised at the awards ceremony, but only a placard bearing the name "Finland". This was because Finland was still a province of Russia and the Russian authorities refused to allow Finland to display its flag.
|5T||Jacob van Westrop||21||Netherlands||NED|
|5T||Arthur Banbrook||Great Britain||GBR|
|9T||William West||Great Britain||GBR|
|9T||Edward Nixson||Great Britain||GBR|
|9T||Charles Brown||Great Britain||GBR|
|9T||Leendert van Oosten||23||Netherlands||NED|
|17T||Harold Foskett||Great Britain||GBR|