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Richard Gunn

Full name: Richard Kenneth Gunn
Gender: Male
Born: February 16, 1871 in Charing Cross, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: June 23, 1961 in Lambeth, Greater London, Great Britain
Affiliations: Surrey Commercial Docks Boxing Club
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


At the age of 37 years and 254 days Richard Gunn is the oldest ever winner of an Olympic boxing title. In the 1908 Olympic featherweight final, Gunn met [Charley Morris] of the Polytechnic BC and completely out-boxed his younger opponent in the first round for Morris to come back and take the second. The rules of the 1908 tournament for the third round to last an extra minute and many thought that the veteran Gunn would be hard pressed to survive a final round of four minutes. However, he drew on his vast experience and the ultimate verdict was never in doubt. After joining his father's East End tailoring business, Richard Gunn took up boxing in 1893 at the Surrey Commercial Docks BC and, after winning the ABA championship in 1894, 1895 and 1896 he retired at the request of the authorities because of his )acknowledged superiority over all comers). He then served on the ABA council until 1908 when 14 years after winning his first ABA title, he came out of retirement to win the Olympic title.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 37 London Boxing Men's Featherweight Great Britain GBR 1 Gold

Men's Featherweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR R
1908 Summer 37 London Boxing Great Britain GBR Final Round Match 1/2 1 1908-10-27 Gunn (GBR) , Morris (GBR) decision
1908 Summer 37 London Boxing Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1908-10-27 Gunn (GBR) , Ringer (GBR) decision
1908 Summer 37 London Boxing Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1908-10-27 Gunn (GBR) , Poillot (FRA) referee stops contest 2
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