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George Bonhag

Full name: George Valentine Bonhag
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10" (179 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: January 31, 1882 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 30, 1960 in Bronx, New York, United States
Affiliations: I-AAC, Queens (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

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).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Athletics Men's 800 metres United States USA AC
1906 Summer 24 Athina Athletics Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 6
1906 Summer 24 Athina Athletics Men's 5 mile United States USA 4
1906 Summer 24 Athina Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Walk United States USA 1 Gold
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics Men's 3,200 metres Steeplechase United States USA AC h4 r1/2
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics Men's 3 mile, Team United States USA 2 Silver
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Athletics Men's 5,000 metres United States USA 4
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Athletics Men's 3,000 metres, Team United States USA 1 Gold
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Athletics Men's Cross-Country, Individual United States USA AC DNF
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Athletics Men's Cross-Country, Team United States USA AC DNF

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Athletics United States Final Standings AC

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1906 Summer 24 Athina Athletics United States Final 6
1906 Summer 24 Athina Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 3 QU

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Athletics United States Final 4 15:09.8est
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Athletics United States Round One Heat One 1 QU 15:22.6

Men's 5 mile

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1906 Summer 24 Athina Athletics United States Final Standings 4

Men's 3,200 metres Steeplechase

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics United States Round One Heat Four AC DNF

Men's 3,000 metres, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP T ST
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Athletics United States USA Final Standings 1 9 5 8:46.6
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Athletics United States USA Final 1 9 5 8:46.6
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Athletics United States USA Round One Heat One 1 QU 9 5 8:52.2

Men's 3 mile, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics United States USA Final Standings 2 19 points 6
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics United States USA Final 2 19 points 6
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics United States USA Round One Heat Two 1 QU 10 points 5

Men's 1,500 metres Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1906 Summer 24 Athina Athletics United States Final Standings 1 7:12.6

Men's Cross-Country, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Standings AC DNF

Men's Cross-Country, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank IP
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Athletics United States USA Final Standings AC DNF DNF