Jack Flaherty

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJohn "Jack"•Flaherty
Used nameJack•Flaherty
Born21 September 1908 in Manchester, England (GBR)
Died10 May 1980 in Stockport, England (GBR)
AffiliationsArdwick Lads and Mens Club, Manchester (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


The captain of the 1948 Olympic British gymnastics team, Manchester labourer Jack Flaherty took part in the individual and team competition, with a best finish of 30th (out of 121 starters) in the horizontal bars. He finished third in the 1934 national championship at London’s Northampton Institute, and went on to win the title in 1938. After his Olympic appearance, Flaherty coached youngsters in the northeast of England, and also became a gymnastics judge. In 1952, he was first reserve for the British Olympic team.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) GBR Jack Flaherty
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 98
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 12
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) 111
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) 117
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) 95
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) 30
Rings, Men (Olympic) =63
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) 88