Ralph Hill

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This article is about the runner. For the representative, see Ralph Hill (representative). For the Vermont writer and preservationist, see Ralph Nading Hill.
Ralph Hill
Lauri Lehtinen and Ralph Hill 1932.jpg
Lehtinen (left) and Hill at the 1932 Olympics
Personal information
Born December 26, 1908
Klamath Falls, Oregon, U.S.
Died October 17, 1994 (aged 85)
Klamath Falls, Oregon, U.S.
Alma mater University of Oregon
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Mile, 5000 m
Club Olympic Club, San Francisco
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) Mile – 4:12.4 (1930)
5000 m – 14:30.0 (1932)[1][2]

Ralph Anthony Hill (December 26, 1908 – October 17, 1994) was an American runner. He set an American record over the mile in 1930 and won a silver medal in the 5000 m event at the 1932 Olympics.[1]

Hill studied at the University of Oregon when competing in the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles on the 5000 m. In an exciting race on August 5, 1932, he came in second behind Lauri Lehtinen, with each runner recording a time of 14:30.0. The judges deliberated for an hour before they could decide not to disqualify Lehtinen, as he had appeared to block Hill twice. Hill refused to file a protest, stating that he believed Lehtinen's obstruction of him was accidental. Lauri Virtanen came in third 14 seconds behind.[1]

After college Hill made a career of farming near Klamath Falls. The local Henley High School renamed its football field in September 1992 after its alumnus Hill.


  1. ^ a b c Ralph Hill. Sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Ralph Hill. trackfield.brinkster.net