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Ralph Craig

American athlete Ralph Cook Craig was born on June 21, 1889. At the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, he won gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

Ralph Craig was born in Detroit, Michigan. Initially a hurdler, he 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 100 m. A big favourite was his compatriot Don 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 200 m, edging him to win the 200 m title. Craig was not a part of the American 4 x 100 m relay team, which was disqualified and didn't medal.

Immediately after the Olympics, Ralph Craig retired from the sport. In 1948, he made a return to the Olympics as an alternate on the US yachting team. Although he did not actually compete, Craig carried the American flag at the opening ceremonies in London.



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