Boxer and policeman. Born Henry William Mallin in Hackney. Although primarily a policeman, he took part in the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, winning gold. He also participated in the 1924 Olympics in Paris, and became involved in a controversial boxing match. At the end of the fight, he showed the referee a number of bite marks on his chest. This was ignored and his opponent was declared the winner. Subsequently a member of an international boxing association protested, and the decision was reversed in Mallin's favour, causing a near riot.
He managed the Britsh Olympic boxing teams at the 1936 and 1952 Summer Olympics, and became the first British television sports commentator.
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