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George Goulding

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGeorge Henry•Goulding
Used nameGeorge•Goulding
Born17 November 1885 in Kingston upon Hull, Kingston upon Hull, England (GBR)
Died3 February 1966 in Toronto, Ontario (CAN)
AffiliationsCentral YMCA, Toronto (CAN)
NOC Canada


George Goulding started as a distance runner, but was never very successful at that discipline. He was persuaded to try walking when he paced a friend in a local race. He entered several races in the spring of 1908 and won the Canadian Championships that year over 3 miles. In the Canadian winter he trained indoors and by snowshoeing. By 1912 he had set world records over every distance from 2-10 miles, and defeated the British champion Ernest Webb in a match race. After Goulding won his Olympic gold medal in the 10 km., he sent a telegram home to his wife which read only, “Won – George.”

Personal Bests: 10kmW – 44:57.4 (1915); Mar – unknown.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics CAN George Goulding
Marathon, Men (Olympic) 22
3,500 metres Walk, Men (Olympic) 4
10 miles Walk, Men (Olympic) AC h2 r1/2
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics CAN George Goulding
Marathon, Men (Olympic) DNS
10 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold