James Kehoe sporting career began in 1976 and for over forty years has been one of the premier Tug-of-War athletes in the world, still going strong to this day.
Regarded as a legend in the world, Kehoe was put forth as a candidate for the World Games Greatest Athlete of All Time. He faces competition from candidates from 24 different sports and people from all editions of The World Games’ 40-year long history.
When the voting begins on 8th January 2021, the public audience can vote daily, everyone once per 24 hours, for their favorite. You can vote for your fellow country man by clicking right here and you can do so every 24 hours.
Competing out of Boley, Co. Wexford, where he still resides, Kehoe has astoundingly represented Ireland in nine world games picking up nine medals in the process and achieving gold 1985.
James Kehoe and his team after winning gold in the 640 kg during World Games 1985 in London, England.
Posted by TWIF on Wednesday, 6 January 2021
Gold is not a color often far away from James though as he and the club he helped establish in Boley have dominated at All Ireland level since its inception. Often the Irish is team comprised of Kehoe siblings, as James is one of twelve children, and of those twelve seven have competed at national level.
There are Twenty clubs throughout our emerald isles affiliated to Tug- of-War Ireland and teams usually consists of eight or five pullers whose total weight must not exceed the weight category of that particular competition. Its been over 100 years since the Olympics last contested Tug – of – War in Antwerp, Belgium. The efforts of James Kehoe over the last 44 years will go along way in trying to re-establish the sport as the games.