Full name: Ralph Anthony Hill
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: December 26, 1908 in Klamath Falls, Oregon, United States
Died: October 17, 1994 in Klamath Falls, Oregon, United States
Affiliations: Olympic Club, San Francisco (USA)
Country: United States
Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)
In 1930, Ralph Hill of the University of Oregon surprised the track world by setting a new American mile record of 4:12.4 in Oregon's dual meet against Washington. By 1932, though, he had moved up to the 5,000 m and took the AAU title in 14:55.7. Three weeks later the virtual unknown took on the recognized masters of distance running, the Finns. Hill matched strides with the great Lauri Lehtinen and Lauri Virtanen throughout the 1932 Olympic 5,000 m, and although Virtanen was dropped in the closing laps, Hill waged a great battle with Lehtinen in the home straight. In the desperation of the struggle, Lehtinen changed course as the finish approached and impeded Hill. An official protest was overruled, although the decision was not unanimous, and Hill settled for the silver medal. The uproar in the LA Coliseum over this prompted public address announcer Bill Henry to caution the crowd, "Please remember, these people are our guests!" Hill magnanimously refused to lodge a protest against Lehtinen.
Personal Best: 5000 – 14:30.0 (1932).
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