Manawatu Standard

John da Silva dies

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Newzealand­wrestling great John da Silva has died, aged 86. His family confirmed his April 8 death at home on Great Barrier Island, saying his health had deteriorat­ed over the last few months, with ‘‘the big man finally succumbing to a short bout of pneumonia’’. A heavyweigh­t, da Silva represente­d Newzealand at the 1956 Olympics inmelbourn­e and 1958 British Empire Games in Cardiff. Turning profession­al in 1958, he competed globally.

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