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Verne Booth

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameVerne Hobson•Booth
Used nameVerne•Booth
Nick/petnamesMan O'War
Born27 October 1898 in Sawyer, North Dakota (USA)
Died27 September 1979 in Hendersonville, North Carolina (USA)
Measurements185 cm / 68 kg
AffiliationsJohns Hopkins Blue Jays, Baltimore (USA)
NOC United States


Verne Booth won the NCAA 2-miles in 1923. At the AAU Meet, he finished in the top three in the 5- or 6-mile four times – 1923-24, 1926 and 1928. He competed for Johns Hopkins, the University of Delaware, and the Millrose AA. Booth grew up on a North Dakota farm and after high school enrolled in the Signal Corps and served in World War I.

Booth later joined the nascent Brooklyn College to teach science, and eventually authored multiple textbooks, including The Structure of Atoms in 1964, The Nature of Matter and Energy in 1970, Elements of Physical Science in 1971, and A Study of Matter and Energy in 1972. In 1945, at the height of the college basketball point shaving scandal, he was appointed by the Brooklyn College administration in an attempt to examine the causes of the scandal and prevent this from happening in the future.

Personal Best: 10K – 32:14.6 (1924).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Verne Booth
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) AC
Cross-Country, Individual, Men (Olympic) AC
Cross-Country, Team, Men (Olympic) United States 2 Silver