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Ray Buker

Full name: Raymond Bates "Ray" Buker, Sr.
Gender: Male
Height: 5-5.5 (167 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: August 27, 1899 in Foster, Rhode Island, United States
Died: June 3, 1992 in Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Affiliations: Illinois Athletic Club, Chicago (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics


Ray Buker won the AAU mile in 1924-25. In 1923, he competed on an Illinois AC 4xmile relay team that bettered the world record. Buker also won the 2-mile race at the 1921 Penn Relays. He attended Bates College in Maine.

Buker was the son of the Reverend Fred Buker Maine, and Ray also opted for a religious life, leaving sports to do missionary work in Bolivia, after doing additional study in theology at Boston University. He later did missionary work in Burma (Myanmar) in 1942, and it was thought he was killed by invading Japanese forces; however, he had actually escaped on one of the last planes to leave for India. Buker later worked for the Conservative Baptist Foreign Missionary Society.

Personal Bests: 1500 – 3:55.8 (1924); 2 miles – 9:43.0 (1921).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 24 Paris Athletics Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 5

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Summer 24 Paris Athletics United States Final 5 3:58.6
1924 Summer 24 Paris Athletics United States Round One Heat Five 2 QU 4:12.8
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