George Butterfield (athlete)

George Butterfield (athlete)

George Butterfield (1882October 17 1917) was a British athlete. He competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London.

Butterfield came in second in his semifinal heat in the 800 metres with a time of 1:58.9. His finish, while behind Ödön Bodor's, was ahead of defending champion Jim Lightbody's. Butterfield did not advance to the final.

He also competed in the 1500 metres, placing third in his initial semifinal heat and not advancing to the final. Butterfield's time was 4:11.8; Mel Sheppard had set a new Olympic record at 4:05.0 in winning the heat and eliminating Butterfield and the other five runners.

Butterfield was killed in action during the First World War, serving as a private with the Durham Light Infantry near Giavera in Italy during the Italian Campaign. He was buried in the Giavera British Cemetery nearby. [ Butterfield, G] , "Commonwealth War Graves Commission", Retrieved 28 September 2008 ]


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