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George Orton
  • Born: 01/10/1873
  • Birthplace: Strathroy, Ontario

George Orton is Canada’s first ever Olympic medallist, winning gold in the 1500m steeplechase and bronze in the 400m hurdles at the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris. Orton won both of his medals in less than one hour on July 15, 1900. At the time, Canada did not send an official Olympic team to Paris, but the Canadian-born Orton competed on behalf of the University of Pennsylvania.

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1900 Paris Olympic Summer GamesAthleticsSteeplechase 4,000m - Men - 5
1900 Paris Olympic Summer GamesAthleticsHurdles 400m - Men - Bronze
1900 Paris Olympic Summer GamesAthleticsSteeplechase 2,500m - Men - Gold
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