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Richard Gunn

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameRichard Kenneth•Gunn
Used nameRichard•Gunn
Born16 February 1871 in Charing Cross, Greater London, England (GBR)
Died23 June 1961 in Lambeth, Greater London, England (GBR)
AffiliationsSurrey Commercial Docks ABC, (GBR) / Gainsford ABC, Westminster (GBR)
NOC Great Britain

Biography

At the age of 37 years and 254 days Richard Gunn is the oldest ever winner of an Olympic boxing title. In the 1908 Olympic featherweight final, Gunn met Charley Morris of the Polytechnic BC and completely out-boxed his younger opponent in the first round for Morris to come back and take the second. The rules of the 1908 tournament for the third round to last an extra minute and many thought that the veteran Gunn would be hard pressed to survive a final round of four minutes. However, he drew on his vast experience and the ultimate verdict was never in doubt. After joining his father’s East End tailoring business, Richard Gunn took up boxing in 1893 at the Surrey Commercial Docks BC and, after winning the ABA championship in 1894, 1895 and 1896 he retired at the request of the authorities because of his “acknowledged superiority over all comers”. He then served on the ABA council until 1908 when 14 years after winning his first ABA title, he came out of retirement to win the Olympic title.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Boxing GBR Richard Gunn
Featherweight, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold

Referee

Games Sport (Discipline) / Event NOC / Team Phase Unit Role As
1920 Summer Olympics Boxing GBR Richard Gunn
Featherweight, Men (Olympic) Quarter-Finals Jack Zivic — Nick Clausen Referee
Welterweight, Men (Olympic) Quarter-Finals William Clark — Trygve Stokstad Referee
Welterweight, Men (Olympic) Round Two Aage Steen — Henri Richards Referee
Welterweight, Men (Olympic) Round Two Fred Kolberg — Ivan Schannong Referee