Wrestling at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's freestyle heavyweight

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Men's heavyweight freestyle wrestling
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
Venue White City Stadium
Date July 23
Competitors 11 from 3 nations
Gold medal    Great Britain
Silver medal    Norway
Bronze medal    Great Britain
1904 1920
Wrestling at the
1908 Summer Olympics
Wrestling pictogram.svg
Lightweight   men
Middleweight   men
Light heavyweight   men
Super heavyweight   men
Bantamweight   men
Featherweight   men
Lightweight   men
Middleweight   men
Heavyweight   men

The freestyle heavyweight was one of five freestyle wrestling weight classes contested on the Wrestling at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme. Like all other wrestling events, it was open only to men. The heavyweight was the heaviest weight class, allowing wrestlers over 73 kilograms (161 lb). Eleven wrestlers competed; nine from Great Britain, one from Norway, and one from the United States. The competition was held on July 23, 1908.



Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
 Con O'Kelly (GBR)            
 Lee Talbott (USA)  
 O'Kelly (GBR)
   Foskett (GBR)  
 Harold Foskett (GBR)
 O'Kelly (GBR)
   Barrett (GBR)  
 Edward Barrett (GBR)
 Barrett (GBR)
   Brown (GBR)  
 Charles Brown (GBR)
 O'Kelly (GBR)
     Gundersen (NOR)
 Jacob Gundersen (NOR)        
 Walter West (GBR)  
 Gundersen (NOR)
   Humphreys (GBR)  
 Frederick Humphreys (GBR)
 Gundersen (NOR)
   Nixson (GBR)  
 Edward Nixson (GBR)
 Nixson (GBR)
   Bruce (GBR)  
 Lawrence Bruce (GBR)
 Arthur Banbrook (GBR)  

Barrett beat Nixson in the bronze medal match to take third place.


Place Wrestler Nation
1 Con O'Kelly Great Britain
2 Jacob Gundersen Norway
3 Edward Barrett Great Britain
4 Edward Nixson Great Britain
5 Lawrence Bruce Great Britain
Frederick Humphreys Great Britain
Harold Foskett Great Britain
Charles Brown Great Britain
9 Arthur Banbrook Great Britain
Lee Talbott United States
Walter West Great Britain


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  • De Wael, Herman (2001). "Freestyle Wrestling 1908". Herman's Full Olympians. Retrieved 28 May 2006.