Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London; 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|