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George Vernot

Full name: George Edward Vernot
Gender: Male
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
Born: February 27, 1901 in Montréal, Québec, Canada
Died: November 22, 1962 in Montréal, Québec, Canada
Affiliations: Montréal SC, Montréal (CAN) / McGill Martlets, Montréal (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

By the time he was a teenager, George Vernot’s swimming prowess was already well-known in his native Montreal. In 1919 he became Canadian champion in the 100, 220, and 440 yard freestyle events, and defended the latter two titles the following year, which qualified him to represent Canada at the 1920 Summer Olympics. At the Games he won silver and bronze in the 1,500 and 400 metre freestyle events respectively, and was also eliminated in the semifinals of the 100 metres. He then entered McGill University to study civil engineering, but remained active in amateur and intercollegiate swimming and water polo. He was selected to represent his nation at the Olympics again in 1924, but was less successful, being eliminated in the semifinals of both of his medal-winning events. He retired from active competition upon his graduation from McGill in 1926 and spent the rest of his life working for the City of Montreal, becoming chairman of the Board of Assessors in 1948. A park in the city was named in his honor in 1969.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle Canada CAN 3 h1 r3/4
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle Canada CAN 3 Bronze
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle Canada CAN 2 Silver
1924 Summer 23 Paris Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle Canada CAN 4 h1 r2/3
1924 Summer 23 Paris Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle Canada CAN 5 h1 r2/3

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Swimming Canada Semi-Finals Heat One 3 1:05.8
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Swimming Canada Round One Heat Four 1 QU 1:05.2

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Swimming Canada Final 3 5:29.6
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Swimming Canada Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 5:27.8
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Swimming Canada Round One Heat Four 1 QU 5:32.6
1924 Summer 23 Paris Swimming Canada Semi-Finals Heat One 4 5:38.0
1924 Summer 23 Paris Swimming Canada Round One Heat Five 3 QC 5:35.2

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Swimming Canada Final 2 22:36.4est
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Swimming Canada Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 22:59.4
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Swimming Canada Round One Heat One 1 QU 23:40.0
1924 Summer 23 Paris Swimming Canada Semi-Finals Heat One 5 23:02.4
1924 Summer 23 Paris Swimming Canada Round One Heat Five 2 QU 23:11.4