A enormous man who weighed 209 pounds and possessed a 20-inch neck and a 50-inch chest, Weisz competed as a heavyweight in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 1908 London Olympics. In his first match, he almost pinned his Danish opponent in the first minute and eventually won the match in a little over 13 minutes. After defeating another Dane in the second round, Weisz became Hungary's first Olympic wrestling champion by defeating Aleksandr Petrov of Russia in the gold medal match.
Weisz, who began wrestling at the age of 20, was also a marvelous weightlifter. Besides his Olympic medal in wrestling, Richard was the Hungarian National heavyweight wrestling champion, Austria's first national weightlifting champion, and was also Hungary's National heavyweight weightlifting champion from 1903-1909. He is a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. 1879 - d. 1945
Use links below to navigate through the olympics section of Jews In Sports.
Jewish Sports Legends: The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, by Joseph Siegman (Washington, D.C.: Brassey's, 2000)
Great Jews in Sports by Robert Slater (New York: Jonathan David Publishers, 2000)
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
The Olympic Games: Athens 1896-Sydney 2000, (New York: Dorling Kindersley, 1999)