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George Bonhag

Biographical information

Medals OG IG
Gold 1 1
Silver 1 0
Bronze 0 0
Total 2 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events), Competed in Intercalated Games
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(s) 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 Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1904 Summer Olympics Athletics 800 metres, Men Olympic AC USA George Bonhag
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic DNS
  2 miles, Men Olympic (non-medal) 3
  2,590 metres Steeplechase, Men Olympic DNS
1906 Intercalated Games Athletics 800 metres, Men Intercalated DNS USA George Bonhag
  1,500 metres, Men Intercalated 6
  5 mile, Men Intercalated 4
  Marathon, Men Intercalated DNS
  1,500 metres Walk, Men Intercalated 1 Gold
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics 5 mile, Men Olympic DNS USA George Bonhag
  3,200 metres Steeplechase, Men Olympic AC h4 r1/2
  3 mile, Team, Men Olympic United States 2 Silver
  10 mile Walk, Men Olympic DNS
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics 5,000 metres, Men Olympic 4 USA George Bonhag
  10,000 metres, Men Olympic DNS
  3,000 metres, Team, Men Olympic United States 1 Gold
  Cross-Country, Individual, Men Olympic AC
  Cross-Country, Team, Men Olympic United States AC
Baseball (Baseball/Softball) Baseball, Men Olympic (non-medal) United States 1
  Baseball, Men Olympic (non-medal) US East "Olympics" 1

Other participations

Games Role Details
1912 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony