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Ralph Craig

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Ralph Cook Craig (June 21, 1889July 21, 1972) was an American athlete, winner of the sprint double at the 1912 Summer Olympics.

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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 (59) carried the American flag at the opening ceremonies in London.

He died in Lake George, New York.

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