Ralph Cook Craig was an American athlete, winner of the sprint double at the 1912 Summer Olympics.
Ralph Craig c. 1912
|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)|
|Club||Detroit Athletic Club|
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. 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.
Craig was employed for many years as an administrator with the New York State Unemployment Bureau. He died at Lake George, New York.
In 2010 he joined the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.