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Wrestling at the 1908 London Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 23, 1908
Date Finished: July 23, 1908
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: GBR Con O'Kelly, Sr.
Silver: NOR Jacob Gundersen
Bronze: GBR Ned Barrett


The Irish-born [George "Con" O'Kelly] had been British heavyweight champion in 1907, but had lost the 1908 title to [Edward Barrett]. At the Olympics, O'Kelly and Barrett met in the semi-finals and O'Kelly turned the tables with a quick fall. O'Kelly's son, [Con, Jr.], boxed for Great Britain in the [heavyweight class] at the 1924 Olympics and later turned professional.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Con O'Kelly, Sr. 21 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Jacob Gundersen 32 Norway NOR Silver
3 Ned Barrett 30 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Edward Nixson Great Britain GBR
5T Lawrence Bruce Great Britain GBR
5T Frederick Humphreys 30 Great Britain GBR
5T Harold Foskett Great Britain GBR
5T Charles Brown Great Britain GBR
9T Lee Talbott 20 United States USA
9T Arthur Banbrook Great Britain GBR
9T William West Great Britain GBR