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George Orton

Full name: George Washington F. Orton
Gender: Male
Height: 5'7" (169 cm)
Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg)
Born: January 10, 1873 in Strathroy, Ontario, Canada
Died: June 25, 1958 in Laconia, New Hampshire, United States
Affiliations: Toronto Lacrosse and Athletics Association
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

George Orton was Canada's first Olympic medallist and Olympic champion, although this wasn't immediately recognized. National teams did not exist in 1900, and Orton ran for an American university (Penn) and was therefore assumed to be American. While also a soccer and ice hockey player, his greatest strength was distance running, and between 1893 and 1901 he won a plethora of American AAU titles in the mile, the steeple chase, the cross country and the 10 mile road race, in addition to British and Canadian championships. At the 1900 Games, he even finished third in a hurdles event, in addition to his title in the 2500 m steeplechase. He might have won the 4000 m steeple too, had it not been for an intestinal virus. After his athletic career, Orton kept involved in sports at Penn and in Philadelphia in general. Among others, he worked as the university's track coach, co-wrote History of Athletics at Pennsylvania and was director of the municipal stadium.

Personal Best: 400H – 58.9e (1900).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1900 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Men's 400 metres Hurdles Canada CAN 3 Bronze
1900 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Men's 2,500 metres Steeplechase Canada CAN 1 Gold
1900 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Men's 4,000 metres Steeplechase Canada CAN 5

Men's 400 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank MB
1900 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Canada Final 3 4 yds bh2
1900 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Canada Round One Heat Two 2 QU

Men's 2,500 metres Steeplechase

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1900 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Canada Final Standings 1 7:34.4

Men's 4,000 metres Steeplechase

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1900 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Canada Final Standings 5