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George Poage

Full name: George Coleman Poage
Gender: Male
Born: November 6, 1880 in Hannibal, Missouri, United States
Died: April 11, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois, United States
Affiliations: Wisconsin Badgers, Madison (USA) / Milwaukee Athletic Club, Milwaukee (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

As the first black athletics medalist, George Poage has a special place in Olympic history. When Poage was three years old his family moved to LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where his father obtained a position as coachman to a wealthy lumberman in that town. In 1899, George Poage became the first black student to graduate from LaCrosse High School, after which he entered the University of Wisconsin, graduating from there in 1904. While a senior at Wisconsin he set another first by being the first black athlete to be invited to become a member of the Milwaukee AC. Poage was outstanding for Wisconsin in dual meets and set collegiate records of 49.0 for 440 y and 25.0 for the 220 y hurdles. At the 1904 Olympics, Poage was eliminated in the heats of the 60 m dash before he won his two medals. Immediately following the Games, Poage took up a teaching post at Charles Sumner High School in St. Louis and remained there until 1914, when he returned to Minnesota and purchased a quarter section, which he farmed until 1920. He then moved to Chicago, briefly worked in the restaurant business, and then was in the employ of the post office for 27 years before retiring.

Personal Bests: 440y – 49.0 (1902); 400H – unknown.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1904 Summer 23 St. Louis Athletics Men's 60 metres United States USA AC h1 r1/2
1904 Summer 23 St. Louis Athletics Men's 400 metres United States USA 6
1904 Summer 23 St. Louis Athletics Men's 200 metres Hurdles United States USA 3 Bronze
1904 Summer 23 St. Louis Athletics Men's 400 metres Hurdles United States USA 3 Bronze

Men's 60 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1904 Summer 23 St. Louis Athletics United States Round One Heat One AC

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1904 Summer 23 St. Louis Athletics United States Final Standings 6

Men's 200 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1904 Summer 23 St. Louis Athletics United States Final Standings 3

Men's 400 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank MB
1904 Summer 23 St. Louis Athletics United States Final Standings 3 30 yds bh2
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