Ralph Craig

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Ralph Craig
Ralph Craig.jpg
Ralph Craig c. 1912
Personal information
Nationality  American
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)
Sport Sprint running
Club Detroit Athletic Club

Ralph Cook Craig (June 21, 1889 – July 21, 1972) was an American athlete, winner of the sprint double at the 1912 Summer Olympics.[1]

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.[2] 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.

Immediately after the Olympics, Ralph Craig retired from the sport, although his brother, Jimmy, became an All-American footballer in 1913.

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.[1][3]

Craig was employed for many years as an administrator with the New York State Unemployment Bureau.[4] He died at Lake George, New York.

In 2010 he joined the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.[5]


  • 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.[6]
  • 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).[7]


  1. ^ a b Ralph Craig. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ "Ralph Craig and John Paul Jones Should Win The Olympic Championships". The Pittsburg Press. December 17, 1911. p. 5. 
  3. ^ "Ralph Craig To Be Feted By Mich. Alumni". The Evening News, Providence, R.I. April 3, 1912. p. 4. 
  4. ^ "Former Olympic Champ Won't Make Comparison". Spartanburg Herald. April 28, 1966. p. 37. 
  5. ^ USATF announces Class of 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees. usatf.org. November 4, 2010
  6. ^ "Cornell Defeats Michigan". Michigan Alumnus. 1911. p. 441. 
  7. ^ "Michigan Third in Inter-Collegiate". Michigan Alumnus. 1911. p. 529. 

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Olympic Games
Preceded by
Al Jochim
Flagbearer for  United States
London 1948
Succeeded by
Norman Cohn-Armitage