Gold Medal, 400 Medley Relay (WR)
1964 Olympic Games
Bill Craig grew up in Southern California and was a sophomore at the University of Southern California during the 1964 Olympics. Bill was a national high school champion breaststroker.
In 1963, Craig won the National AAU breaststroke title in the 100-meter event, and was second in the 200-meters. He was named to the U.S. team which competed in Japan. He finished second in the 200-meter breaststroke and was a member of the world record setting 400-meter medley relay team.
In 1964 he was the NCAA champion in both the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke, setting NCAA records.
In the 1964 National AAU championships, Craig tied for first place in the 200-meter breaststroke. Bill won the 100-meter breaststroke in the Olympic tryouts to gain his spot on the team as a member of the 400-meter Medley Relay. There was no 100-meter breaststroke in the Olympics at that time.
The U.S. won the medley relay with a time of 3:58:4 for the world record.
Bill joined the Outrigger in 2001.
400 Meter Medley Relay, 4:00.1, U.S. (breaststroke), Osaka, 8/24/1963
400-Meter Medley Relay, 4:00.1, U.S. (breaststroke), Tokyo, 10/16/1964
400 Meter Medley Relay, 3:58.4, U.S. (breaststroke), Tokyo, 10/16/1964
*World records provided by ISHOF 2019