1876 – Alvin Kraenzlein born

On this date Alvin Kraenzlein of Milwaukee was born. Kraenzlein, considered the father of the modern hurdling technique, began his track career in high school, winning five events at the 1895 state meet. He continued competing at the University of Wisconsin and at the University of Pennsylanvia where he won three events and placed second in another at the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America track and field meet. At the time, this event was considered the national collegiate championships for the sport. Kraenzlein went on to compete in the 1900 Olympics in Paris where he won four gold medals in individual events, the only track athlete to have accomplished this feat. [Source: ]