|Roles||Competed in Olympic Games|
|Full name||George Washington F.•Orton|
|Born||10 January 1873 in Strathroy, Ontario (CAN)|
|Died||25 June 1958 in Laconia, New Hampshire (USA)|
|Measurements||169 cm / 65 kg|
|Affiliations||Toronto Lacrosse and Athletics Association|
George Orton was Canada’s first Olympic medallist and Olympic champion, although this wasn’t immediately recognized. National teams did not exist in 1900, and Orton ran for the University of Pennsylvania and was therefore assumed to be American, but he always considered himself a proud Canadian. While also a soccer and ice hockey player, his greatest strength was distance running, and between 1893 and 1901 he won a plethora of American AAU titles in the mile, the steeple chase, the cross country and the 10 mile road race, in addition to British and Canadian championships. At the 1900 Games, he even finished third in a hurdles event, in addition to his title in the 2500 m steeplechase. He might have won the 4000 m steeple too, had it not been for an intestinal virus.
After his athletic career, Orton kept involved in sports at Penn and in Philadelphia in general. Among others, he worked as the university’s track coach, co-wrote History of Athletics at Pennsylvania and was director of the municipal stadium.
Personal Best: 400H – 58.9e (1900).
|Games||Discipline (Sport) / Event||NOC / Team||Pos||Medal||Nationality||As|
|1900 Summer Olympics||Athletics||USA||CAN||George Orton|
|1,500 metres, Men (Olympic)|
|200 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic)|
|400 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic)||3||Bronze|
|2,500 metres Steeplechase, Men (Olympic)||1||Gold|
|4,000 metres Steeplechase, Men (Olympic)||5|
|1,500 metres, Handicap, Men (Olympic (non-medal))|
Newspaper sources also give his date of death as 24th June or 26th June. The 26th June is least likely to be true.