Ralph Williams (athlete)
August 24, 1900|
Quincy, Massachusetts, United States
Ralph Williams (born August 24, 1900, date of death unknown) was an American long-distance runner. He competed in the marathon at the 1924 Summer Olympics. He made it on the US Olympic Team after finishing 7th in the Boston Marathon on April 19, 1924 with a time of 2:41:58.6. The Boston Marathon was later measured and found to be 152 meters short.
1924 Summer Olympics
Prior to the marathon, the American team ran a 15 mile time trial. It was a particularly warm day in Paris, where the Olympics were being held, and Williams quit after 3 miles. Coach Michael Ryan, who didn't finish either of the two Olympic marathons he ran, suggested that Williams be pulled from the event. The "head coach and the chairman of the Selection Committee" overruled Ryan and chose to run Williams rather than Carl Linder. Williams did not finish the race.
- David E. Martin; Roger W. H. Gynn (2000). The Olympic Marathon. Human Kinetics. p. 468. ISBN 978-0-88011-969-6. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
- "Ralph Williams Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
- Hymans, Richard. "The History of the United States Olympic Trials-Track and Field" (PDF). USA Track & Field. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
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