John Norton

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJohn Kelley•Norton
Used nameJohn•Norton
Born16 April 1893 in Santa Clara, California (USA)
Died28 December 1979 in New York, New York (USA)
Measurements183 cm / 93 kg
AffiliationsOlympic Club, San Francisco (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


After setting a world record of 54.2 for the 440 yard hurdles in April 1920 and winning the Western Olympic Trials, John Norton was the favorite. But he finished second to Frank Loomis at the Final Trials in July. The following month he again placed second to Loomis in the Olympic final. Norton had attended Stanford and later represented the Olympic Club of San Francisco. Norton became a professor at Columbia University and wrote several books on education.

Personal Best: 400H – 53.1y (1921).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Athletics USA John Norton
400 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver