Alvin Kraenzlein

1876 - 1928

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Alvin Christian "Al" Kraenzlein (December 12, 1876 – January 6, 1928), known as "the father of the modern hurdling technique", was an American track-and-field athlete, and the first sportsman in the history of Olympic games to win four individual gold medals in a single discipline at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. Before, Carl Schuhmann, a German athlete, won four Olympic titles in gymnastics and wrestling at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens. As of 2016, Alvin Kraenzlein is the only track-and-field athlete who has won four individual titles at one Olympics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alvin Kraenzlein has received more than 55,755 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Alvin Kraenzlein is the 34th most popular athlete (down from 30th in 2019), the 1,923rd most popular biography from United States (down from 1,819th in 2019) and the 13th most popular American Athlete.

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Among athletes, Alvin Kraenzlein ranks 34 out of 3,055Before him are Dora Ratjen, Al Oerter, Mike Powell, Javier Sotomayor, Éva Székely, and Ellery Harding Clark. After him are Marita Koch, Irving Baxter, Oscar Swahn, Lasse Virén, Ronnie Coleman, and Elvīra Ozoliņa.

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Among people born in 1876, Alvin Kraenzlein ranks 54Before him are Julio González, Prince Harald of Denmark, Natalie Clifford Barney, Walter Sydney Adams, Fevzi Çakmak, and Edvard Eriksen. After him are Irving Baxter, Anna de Noailles, Hideyo Noguchi, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Arthur Moeller van den Bruck, and William Ernest, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. Among people deceased in 1928, Alvin Kraenzlein ranks 35Before him are Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, Mauritz Stiller, Pavel Axelrod, Alexander Bogdanov, Jan Toorop, and Frederick II, Grand Duke of Baden. After him are Léon Duguit, Hideyo Noguchi, Hannah Chaplin, Adolphe Appia, Bernhard III, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen, and Antonio Abetti.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Alvin Kraenzlein ranks 1,923 out of 15,968Before him are Jack Daniel (1850), Dorothy Vaughan (1910), Kelly Bishop (1944), Alex Jones (1974), David Letterman (1947), and Eleanor Parker (1922). After him are Robert Mapplethorpe (1946), Mandy Patinkin (1952), Bruce McCandless II (1937), Andrew Wyeth (1917), Chris Pratt (1979), and Terry O'Quinn (1952).

Among ATHLETES In United States

Among athletes born in United States, Alvin Kraenzlein ranks 13Before him are Ray Ewry (1873), Bobby Morrow (1935), Wilma Rudolph (1940), Al Oerter (1936), Mike Powell (1963), and Ellery Harding Clark (1874). After him are Irving Baxter (1876), Ronnie Coleman (1964), Eddie Eagan (1897), Tommie Smith (1944), Frank Zane (1942), and Larry Scott (1938).