George MacKenzie (wrestler)

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George MacKenzie
Born (1888-11-21)21 November 1888
Islington, London, England
Died 27 July 1957(1957-07-27) (aged 68)
London, England

George MacKenzie (21 November 1888 – 27 July 1957)[1] was a wrestler from Islington.

Mackenzie became British lightweight champion in 1909, winning the title again in 1912, 1922, 1924, 1932, and 1941. Additionally, he held the featherweight title in 1921 and 1922. He lost the title to W Schneeberger in 1923, but regained the title in 1924.[2] He was a leading member and coach of the Pentonville-based Ashdown Club, the premier British wrestling association of the period.[3]

Mackenzie competed in the 1908 Olympics, finishing fourth.[4] He competed in four further Olympics in total, up to 1928. He officiated at an additional four,[5] and was chosen to carry the UK flag in the opening ceremony of the 1956 Olympics.[6]

He died of lung cancer in 1957.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "George MacKenzie Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  2. ^ "List of British Senior Champions 1904-2001". British Wrestling Association. Archived from the original on 2007-02-04. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Al (January 1993). "Joe Assirati: Reminiscences of Britain’s Renaissance of Strength". Iron Game History 2 (5): 19. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  4. ^ De Wael, Herman. "Wrestling - Freestyle - Lightweight (-69 kg)". Full Olympians. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  5. ^ Hobbs, Chris (2004-10-12). "Tiverton Preedy". Chris Hobbs. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  6. ^ "Great Britain". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 26 October 2011.