George Simpson

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGeorge Sidney•Simpson
Used nameGeorge•Simpson
Born21 September 1908 in Columbus, Ohio (USA)
Died2 December 1961 in Columbus, Ohio (USA)
Measurements180 cm / 75 kg
AffiliationsCincinnati Athletic Club
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


George Simpson became the first man to run the 100y in 9.4 when he took the first leg of his sprint double at the 1929 NCAA championships. Although this was a valid clocking, the mark was not recognized as a world record because Simpson used starting blocks, which had not then been approved by the IAAF. Apart from his 1929 double, Ohio State’s Simpson won both the AAU and NCAA 220y in 1930. Before winning his silver medal in the 200 m at the 1932 Olympics, he placed fourth in the 100 m.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.54 (1932); 200 – 21.1 (1931).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Athletics USA George Simpson
100 metres, Men (Olympic) 4
200 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
4 × 100 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) United States DNS