Ralph Mann

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Ralph Mann
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Personal information
Full nameRalph Vernon Mann
Born (1949-06-16) June 16, 1949 (age 69)
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Height193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight86 kg (190 lb)
Event(s)Sprint, hurdles
ClubSouthern California Striders
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)440 y – 46.6 (1970)
120 yH – 13.9 (1968)
400 mH – 48.51 (1972)

Ralph Vernon Mann (born June 16, 1949) is a retired American sprinter and hurdler. He was an undergraduate at Brigham Young University, and later earned a Ph.D. in Biomechanics from the Washington State University.[1]

In 1969, Mann won his first NCAA 440 yard hurdles championship with a time of 49.6 seconds. Tying the NCAA and American records, the time was three-tenths of a second off the world record. A year later in Des Moines, Iowa, Mann captured his second NCAA championship and set a new world record time of 48.8 seconds for the 440 intermediate hurdles. During his collegiate career Ralph was NCAA champion three times. He was a three-time All-American, and in 1970 was second in the voting for the Sullivan Award.

He competed in the 400 m hurdles at the 1972 Olympics and won the silver medal.[2] Ralph was a five-time AAU champion. He received the AAU’s DiBenedetto Award for the single most outstanding career, most notably for his Olympic silver medal. In 2015, he was inducted into the USA National Track and Field Hall of Fame.[3]

Mann co-wrote the book Swing Like a Pro: The Breakthrough Scientific Method of Perfecting Your Golf Swing with Fred Griffin. This book was the culmination of Mann's expertise in the field of biomechanics and Griffin's experience of teaching golf as a PGA Professional.[4] Mann has two children, Amber and Randall, a poet and literary critic.


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Ralph Mann". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
  2. ^ "Ralph Mann". databaseOlympics.com. Archived from the original on 2007-02-08.
  3. ^ "National Track & Field Hall of Fame". USA Track & Field. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  4. ^ Ralph Mann, Fred Griffin, Guy Yocom (1998) Swing Like a Pro: The Breakthrough Scientific Method of Perfecting Your Golf Swing. Broadway Books. ISBN 076790236X

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Men's 400m Hurdles Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Uganda John Akii-Bua