Alistair Cragg (31) was brought up in South Africa and has since lived in England and Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he attended the University of Arkansas. Cragg attended Southern Methodist University and then Arkansas.
At Arkansas he won the NCAA titles at 3000, 5000m and 10000m, as well as indoor titles. In 2004, Cragg was voted Southeastern Conference Athlete of the Year and the Track and Field News magazine Collegiate Athlete of the Year.
He competes most often over 3000m and 5000m. He holds the Irish national records in both the 5000m and the 10000m.
He qualifies to race for Ireland under his ancestry and first became an Irish citizen in 1985. He had never lived in Ireland and first visited when he was 24-years-old. He runs for Clonliffe Harriers.
He debuted for Ireland at the 2003 European Cross Country Championships, finishing 8th. He was top European in 5000m at the 2004 Olympics, finishing 12th.
He won gold and the 2005 European Indoors in 3000m, but missed rest of season with injury. He was one of the favourites to medal in the 5000m at the 2006 Euros, but dropped out of the final due to an Achilles tendon injury.
Crag reached the 5000m final in the Beijing Olympics. He initially thought he had failed to qualify and launched a stinging attack on the Irish media. He then realised he had qualified as sixth fastest qualifier. However, he failed to finish the final.
First in action on 8 August in the heats. Start time is 10am.
2011: World Championships, Daegu, South Korea. 5000m – 14th.
2008: Olympic Games, Beijing, China. 5000m final – DNF.
2006: European Championships, Gothenburg, Sweden. 5000m heats – 3rd.
2006: World Indoor Championships, Moscow, Russia. 3000m final – 4th.
2005: European Indoor Championships, Madrid, Spain. 3000m – 1st. 7m46.32s.
2004: Olympic Games, Athens, Greece. 5000m – 12th. Best European.