George Bonhag

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George Bonhag
George Bonhag 1907.jpg
George Bonhag, wearing the Winged Fist of the Irish American Athletic Club.
Medal record
Men’s athletics
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1912 Stockholm 3000 m team
Silver medal – second place 1908 London 3 mile team
Intercalated Games
Gold medal – first place 1906 Athens 1500 m walk

George Valentine Bonhag (January 31, 1882 – October 30, 1960) was an American athlete and a member of the Irish American Athletic Club and the New York City Police Department.

He was born in Boston and died in New York City.

Bonhag competed in distance events, both racewalking and running, and was a member of the U.S. Olympic team in four Olympic Games.

An announcement in the August 6, 1904 issue of The New York Times indicated that the Metropolitan Association of the Amateur Athletic Union would hold a "special five-mile race" at Celtic Park on August 13, 1904 with the eight top finishers receiving a paid trip to compete in the marathon at the Olympic Games in St. Louis on August 30, 1904.[1] Bonhag, listed as representing the Greater New York Irish Athletic Association, was named as one of 19 "probable competitors" in the event.[1]

In the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri, he competed in the 800 metres race but his exact result is unknown. In the 1906 Intercalated Games held in Athens, Greece he won the gold medal in the 1500 metre walk, the first time he ever competed in this event. In the 5 miles event he finished fourth, and in the 1500 metre competition he finished sixth.

Two years later at the 1908 Summer Olympics held in London, Great Britain he was part of the American 3 mile team where he won the silver medal with his team mates John Eisele and Herbert Trube. Bonhag also participated in the 3200 metre steeplechase event but was eliminated in the first round.

In his fourth Olympics in 1912 held in Stockholm, Sweden he won his third Olympic medal and his second gold in the 3000 metre team with Norman Taber and Tell Berna. In the 5000 metres competition he finished fourth. He also participated in the individual cross country contest. As he was one of three Americans who did not finish the race, the team of the United States was unplaced in the team cross country competition.

Bonhag also competed in the exhibition baseball tournament at the 1912 Olympics.




  1. ^ a b "WILL RUN FOR ST. LOUIS TRIP. Eight Best Men in Race to Go to World's Fair for Big Event." (pdf). The New York Times (New York). August 6, 1904. Retrieved May 14, 2012. 

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Olympic Games
Preceded by
Ralph Rose
Flagbearer for  United States
Stockholm 1912
Succeeded by
Pat McDonald