|Born||December 3, 1930|
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Died||August 25, 2018(aged 87)|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (154 lb)|
|Event(s)||100 meters, 200 meters|
|College team||Morgan State Bears|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||100 y: 9.4 s (1954)|
100 m: 10.3 s (1953)
|Pan American Games|
|1951 Buenos Aires||4×100 metres|
|1951 Buenos Aires||100 metres|
|1951 Buenos Aires||200 metres|
In 1952 he was eliminated in the semi-finals of the Olympic 100 metres event. Running with a pulled muscle, he finished 'a miserable last' in his race. Bragg was considered the favourite for the title having won the USA Olympic Trials 100m in the absence, through injury, of the man judged to be the best American sprinter, Jim Golliday. Bragg also tried to qualify for the 200 m event but was only fourth in his semi-final at the Olympic Trials.
At the 1951 Pan American Games he was a member of the American relay team which won the gold medal in the 4×100 metres competition. In the 100 metres contest as well as in the 200 metres event he won the silver medal. In both races he lost narrowly to Cuba's Rafael Fortun.
Always a keen college runner, in 1953, Bragg helped, as anchor leg, Morgan State College to victories in the quarter- and half-mile relays at the Penn Relays.[note 1] Bragg also completed a triple of individual wins.
In 1954, Bragg was one of the candidates for the prestigious James E. Sullivan Award that is presented annually by the AAU to the outstanding American athlete. If he had won he would have been the first African-American recipient of the award. In the end, the award went to Mal Whitfield.
Bragg has admitted his Olympic disappointment lives with him - when watching the 100 m "I cried," Bragg said. "I had successes; that was the major disappointment. Every Olympics, when I watch the 100 on TV, I break down and cry." He has described his 1952 injury as a total fluke - whilst on the warmup strip "Someone opened one of the doors and I made a quick motion to my left to avoid hitting it . . . oops, the hamstring went.".
In later years, Bragg is reported as living in Los Angeles and working for Los Angeles County Probation Department as a Deputy Probation Officer. He is married with one child, a boy. He left for California in 1956 and never returned to Maryland. His son studied at Howard University.
- quarter-mile relay is 4 x 110 y; half-mile relay is 4 x 220 y
Bragg was ranked among the best in the US and the world in both the 100 m/100 y and 200 m/220 y sprint events from 1950 to 1954, according to the votes of the experts of Track and Field News.
Bragg was always a formidable performer at the AAU championships, the USA national championships.
- https://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/br/art-bragg-1.html Art Bragg, sports-reference.com.
- R L Quercetani & G Pallicca, "A World History of Sprint Racing 1850-2005", SEP Editrice Srl, 2006, p 279.
- Art Bragg's obituary
- http://www.morganstatebears.com/hof.aspx?hof=16&path=&kiosk= Morgans State Bears, Hall of Fame. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
- Duncanson, Neil, "The Fastest Men on Earth", Andre Deutsch, 2011, p 114.
- http://www.usatf.org/statistics/champions/OlympicTrials/HistoryOfTheOlympicTrials.pdf The History of the United States Olympic Trials - Track & Field, R Hymans, USA Track & Field, 2008
- http://news.pennrelaysonline.com/about-2/timeline-at-the-penns/ "Timeline@The Penn Relays", Penn Relays Official Results & Blog. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
- https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1915&dat=19530427&id=IOwgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=LHIFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5220,4740188 "Art Bragg Stars at Penn Relays With Three Wins", The Day, April 27, 1953. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
- https://books.google.com/books?id=sb8DAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA51&lpg=PA51&dq=%22art+bragg%22+%22morgan+state%22&source=bl&ots=SBSmGxajSk&sig=xLppfISpVeRwtukGOL8WAw0jBuE&hl=en#v=onepage&q=%22art%20bragg%22%20%22morgan%20state%22&f=false "Art Bragg Breaks 23-Year-Old Sprint Record", Jet, 1 July 1954. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
- https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2211&dat=19530502&id=0-klAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ffYFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1215,6049446 " 'Iron Man' Bragg Paces Morgan's Finest Hour", Baltimore Afro-American, May 2, 1953.
- https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2205&dat=19550104&id=Ec0lAAAAIBAJ&sjid=kfUFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4288,3472622 "Sullivan Award to Mal Whitfield", Baltimore Afro-American, January 5, 1955.
- http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1992-07-23/sports/1992205155_1_bragg-morgan-cry "Olympics always bring -- of sadness to ex-Bear Bragg", Doug Brown, The Baltimore Sun, July 23, 1992.
- "World Rankings Index--Men's 100 meters" (PDF). Track and Field News.
- "U.S. Rankings Index--Men's 100 meters" (PDF). Track and Field News.
- "World Rankings Index--Men's 200 meters" (PDF). Track and Field News.
- "U.S. Rankings Index--Men's 200 meters" (PDF). Track and Field News.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2012-06-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) A History Of The Results Of The National Track & Field Championships Of The USA From 1876 Through 2003, Track and Field News, Retrieved 3 February 2012.