John BOLAND

Tennis

  • Olympic Medals
    2 G
  • Games participations
    1
  • First Olympic Games
    Athens 1896
  • Year of Birth
    1870
Olympic Results

Biography

John BOLAND

John Boland was an Oxford student who enjoyed the study of Greek mythology. When he learned about the Olympic Games’ revival, Boland travelled to Athens to watch the Olympic Games as a spectator.

An unexpected participation

However, his friend, Thrasyvoalos Manaos, Secretary of the Athens 1896 Organising Committee, entered Boland into the tennis competition. Despite competing with leather-soled shoes with heels, Boland won the competition and became an Olympic champion in both the double and singles tournament. He later became a Member of Parliament and an ardent proponent of Irish independence and the Irish language.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Athens 1896

G
Singles
Singles Tennis
G
Doubles
Doubles Tennis