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William Craner

Full name: Walter William Craner
Gender: Male
Born: July 17, 1906 in Stepney, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: January 12, 1987 in Brentwood, Essex, Great Britain
Affiliations: Herne Hill Harriers, Mitcham (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics


Although a finalist in the AAA 440y in 1928, William Craner was somewhat fortunate to have been chosen ahead of [Lord Burghley] for the 4x400m relay at the Olympics later in the summer. Craner’s time of 50.8 on the second leg of the Olympic race was at least two seconds slower than could have been expected of Burghley. Had Burghley been included, the British team would have been made up exclusively of Achilles Club members and evidently this was not a situation which appealed to the selectors. After qualifying as a doctor at London Hospital, Craner practiced in Brentwood for many years and served as President of the Essex AAA in 1963.

Personal Best: 440y – 50.0 (1928).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 5

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ST
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 5 3:16.4 51.4
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Three 1 QU 3:20.6
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