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John Coker

Full name: John B. H. Coker
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 179 lbs (81 kg)
Born: February 13, 1940 in Freetown, Western, Sierra Leone
Country: SLE Sierra Leone
Sport: Boxing


John Coker boxed for Sierra Leone at the 1968 Olympics, carrying his nation’s flag at the Opening Ceremony. He grew up in Ireland, attending St. Peter’s College, York, then Trinity College, Dublin, before going to St. Catherines, Oxford. He began playing rugby as a wing three-quarter for Dublin University FC First XV for four years, and took up boxing at the Dublin University Boxing Club. At Oxford Coker was a double boxing and rugby Blue, and was the first indigenous African to win a rugby Blue. In 1963 Coker won the Leinster heavyweight title, and in 1964 won an All-Ireland bronze medal as a junior. He moved up to senior in 1965, winning heavyweight bronze.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Boxing Men's Heavyweight Sierra Leone SLE 9T

Men's Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Boxing Sierra Leone SLE Round One Match #2 2 1968-10-16 Alexe (ROU) , Coker (SLE) 0 56 57 57 56 57 283
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