You Are Here > > > John Kinsella

John Kinsella

Full name: John Francis Kinsella
Gender: Male
Height: 5-1.5 (157 cm)
Weight: 115 lbs (52 kg)
Born: May 27, 1950 in Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Wrestling

Biography

John Kinsela, who competed at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics, was the first Australian Aborigine to wrestle at the Olympics. Kinsela was born to a Wiradjuri father and a Jawoyn mother. Kinsela started out in sports as a boxer, and took up wrestling when his trainer did not show up one day, and the wrestling coach invited him to try that sport. Between Olympics, Kinsela fought in Vietnam with the Royal Australian Artillery. He left the military around the time of München, but later came of retirement and wrestled at the 1974 World Championships. He then re-upped and joined the 1st Commando Regiment, serving for six more years, and being named Commando of the Year in 1981.

Kinsela had problems after the military with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), but worked to overcome them. He became a much-beloved wrestling coach at the Mount Druitt Police Citizens Youth Club in Sydney, where he taught for several years.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Wrestling Men's Flyweight, Freestyle Australia AUS AC
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling Men's Flyweight, Freestyle Australia AUS AC

Men's Flyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result RE BP MR
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Wrestling Australia AUS Final Standings AC 1968-10-17 Eliminated r2/6 7,5
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Wrestling Australia AUS Round Two 20 1968-10-18 7,5
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Wrestling Australia AUS Round Two Match #6 2 1968-10-18 Albaryan (URS) superiority, Kinsella (AUS) 3,5
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Wrestling Australia AUS Round One 20T 1968-10-17 4,0
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Wrestling Australia AUS Round One Match #6 2 1968-10-17 Grassi (ITA) fall (10:50), Kinsella (AUS) 4,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling Australia AUS Final Standings AC 1972-08-27 Eliminated r4/7 7,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling Australia AUS Round Four 7T 1972-08-30 7,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling Australia AUS Round Four Match #1 2 1972-08-30 Ciarnău (ROU) decision, Kinsella (AUS) 3,5
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling Australia AUS Round Three 7 1972-08-29 3,5
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling Australia AUS Round Three Match #1 2 1972-08-29 Grassi (ITA) decision, Kinsella (AUS) 3,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling Australia AUS Round Two 3 1972-08-28 0,5
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling Australia AUS Round Two Match #12 AC 1972-08-28 Kinsella (AUS) 0,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling Australia AUS Round One 6T 1972-08-27 0,5
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling Australia AUS Round One Match #12 1 1972-08-27 Kinsella (AUS) decision, Piñeda (GUA) 0,5
id: 57,170