Ralph Craig c. 1912
|Born||June 21, 1889
Detroit, Michigan, United States
|Died||July 21, 1972 (aged 83)
Lake George, New York, United States
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||73 kg (161 lb)|
|Club||Detroit Athletic Club|
Craig began his track career as a hurdler at Detroit Central High School, and only later developed into a sprinter at the University of Michigan. In 1910, he won the IC4A 220 y championship, repeating this the following year.
In 1912, Craig qualified for the Olympic team and went to Sweden, where he reached the final of the 100m. A big favourite was his compatriot Donald Lippincott, who had set a World Record of 10,6 in the heats. After no less than seven false starts, Craig won the race in 10,8 – Lippincott only finished third. Craig fought out another battle with Lippincott in the 200m, edging him to win the 200 m title. Craig was not a part of the American 4×100 m relay team, which was disqualified and didn't medal.
In 1948, he made a return to the Olympics as an alternate on the US yachting team. Although he did not actually compete, Craig (59) carried the American flag at the opening ceremonies in London.
- In March 1911, Craig set a new record by running the 40-yard high hurdles in 5.2 seconds, breaking the prior record held by Forrest Smithson.
- In May 1911, at his last competition wearing the Michigan uniform, Craig helped the Wolverines to a third place finish in the inter-collegiate meet. He tied the inter-collegiate record in the 100-yard dash with a time of 9.8 seconds. He also tied the world record in the 220-yard dash with a time of 21.2 seconds. The Wolverines finished the meet with 24 points, trailing only Cornell (30 points) and Yale (24-1/2 points).
- Ralph Craig. sports-reference.com
- "Ralph Craig and John Paul Jones Should Win The Olympic Championships". The Pittsburg Press. December 17, 1911. p. 5.
- "Ralph Craig To Be Feted By Mich. Alumni". The Evening News, Providence, R.I. April 3, 1912. p. 4.
- "Former Olympic Champ Won't Make Comparison". Spartanburg Herald. April 28, 1966. p. 37.
- USATF announces Class of 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees. usatf.org. November 4, 2010
- "Cornell Defeats Michigan". Michigan Alumnus. 1911. p. 441.
- "Michigan Third in Inter-Collegiate". Michigan Alumnus. 1911. p. 529.
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