Ned Barrett

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Non-starter
Full nameEdward "Ned"•Barrett
Used nameNed•Barrett
Born3 November 1877 in Rahela, Ballyduff (IRL)
Died19 March 1932 in London, Greater London, England (GBR)
Measurements185 cm / 99 kg
AffiliationsCity of London Police A.C., London (GBR)
NOC Great Britain
Nationality Ireland


After winning an Olympic gold medal in 1908 as a member of the City of London Police Tug-of-War team, Edward Barrett won a bronze medal in the heavyweight freestyle wrestling. He also competed in the shot, discus, and javelin at the 1908 Games but wrestling was undoubtedly his premier sport and he was the British heavyweight freestyle champion in 1908 and 1911. Barrett also competed in the Greco-Roman style wrestling events at the 1908 and 1912 Olympics but lost in the early rounds on each occasion. In addition, he won an All-Ireland title for hurling as a member of the London team that beat Cork in the 1901 All-Ireland final. As of 2013 this is the only instance where the championship has been won a team from outside Ireland. In July 1914, Barrett resigned from the City of London Police and there is no trace of him in sporting circles after that date.

Personal Bests: SP – 12.89 (42-3½) (1908); DT – 32.66 (107-2) (1908).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR IRL Ned Barrett
Shot Put, Men (Olympic) 5
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) AC
Discus Throw, Greek Style, Men (Olympic) DNS
Javelin Throw, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) AC
Tug-Of-War GBR IRL Ned Barrett
Tug-Of-War, Men (Olympic) London City Police 1 Gold
Wrestling GBR IRL Ned Barrett
Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men (Olympic) =5
Heavyweight, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
1912 Summer Olympics Wrestling GBR IRL Ned Barrett
Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men (Olympic) AC r3/7
Athletics GBR IRL Ned Barrett
Shot Put, Men (Olympic) DNS
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) DNS

Olympic family relations


Year of birth also seen as 1880, but 1877 is correct per Irish baptism records and England 1911 census.