George Bonhag

Biographical information

Medals OG IG
Gold 1 1
Silver 1 0
Bronze 0 0
Total 2 1
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Competed in Intercalated Games • Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events) • Other
Full nameGeorge Valentine•Bonhag
Used nameGeorge•Bonhag
Born31 January 1882 in Boston, Massachusetts (USA)
Died30 October 1960 in Bronx, New York (USA)
Measurements179 cm / 60 kg
AffiliationsI-AAC, Queens, New York (USA)
NOC United States


George Bonhag of the Irish-American AC won seven AAU indoor titles, but a national outdoor championship always eluded him. However, at the 1906 Olympics, disappointed with his fifth place in the 1,500 m after leading entering the home stretch, Bonhag decided to enter the 1,500 m walk at the last moment. This was the first walking race in which Bonhag had ever competed, and after several better-known walkers had been disqualified, George Bonhag won the race and was crowned the first Olympic walking champion. At the 1908 Games, he finished sixth in the three mile team race and was the second scoring individual for the United States’ second place team. Four years later, in Stockholm, he placed fifth individually in the 3,000 m team event when the U.S won the Olympic title. Bonhag also competed in 1912 Olympic Baseball demonstration event.

Personal Bests: 1 mile – 4:22.4i (1910); 2 miles – 9:20.8i (1911); 5000 – 15:05.8i (1912); 6 miles – 30:42.0i (1909).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Athletics USA George Bonhag
800 metres, Men (Olympic) AC
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS
2 miles, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 3
2,590 metres Steeplechase, Men (Olympic) DNS
1906 Intercalated Games Athletics USA George Bonhag
800 metres, Men (Intercalated) DNS
1,500 metres, Men (Intercalated) 6
5 miles, Men (Intercalated) 4
Marathon, Men (Intercalated) DNS
1,500 metres Race Walk, Men (Intercalated) 1 Gold
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics USA George Bonhag
5 miles, Men (Olympic) DNS
3,200 metres Steeplechase, Men (Olympic) AC h4 r1/2
3 miles, Team, Men (Olympic) United States 2 Silver
10 miles Race Walk, Men (Olympic) DNS
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics USA George Bonhag
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 4
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS
3,000 metres, Team, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
Cross-Country, Individual, Men (Olympic) DNF
Cross-Country, Team, Men (Olympic) United States DNF
Baseball (Baseball/Softball) USA George Bonhag
Baseball, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) United States 1
Baseball, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) US East "Olympics" 1

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1912 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony USA George Bonhag