George Mackenzie (wrestler)

George Mackenzie (wrestler)

George MacKenzie (1890-1956) 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. [cite web| title =List of British Senior Champions 1904-2001| publisher =British Wrestling Association| url =| accessdate =2007-04-27] He was a leading member and coach of the Pentonville-based Ashdown Club, the premier British wrestling association of the period. [cite journal| last =Thomas| first =Al| title =Joe Assirati: Reminiscences of Britain’s Renaissance of Strength| journal =Iron Game History| volume =2| issue =5| pages =19| date =1993-01| url =| accessdate =2007-04-27]

Mackenzie competed in the 1908 Olympics, finishing fourth. [cite web| last =De Wael| first =Herman| title = Wrestling - Freestyle - Lightweight (-69 kg)| publisher =Full Olympians| url =| accessdate =2007-04-27] He competed in four further Olympics in total, up to 1928. He officiated at an additional four, [cite web| last =Hobbs| first =Chris| title =Tiverton Preedy| publisher =Chris Hobbs| date =2004-10-12| url =| accessdate =2007-04-27] and was chosen to carry the UK flag in the opening ceremony of the 1952 Olympics. [cite web| title =Statistics| publisher =British Olympic Association| url =| accessdate =2007-04-27]

He died of lung cancer in 1956.


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