John Cregan

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
Full nameJohn Francis•Cregan
Used nameJohn•Cregan
Born29 January 1878 in Schenectady, New York (USA)
Died26 December 1965 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA)
AffiliationsPrinceton Tigers, Princeton (USA)
NOC United States


The Princetonian John Cregan won the AAU 880y in 1897, the one mile in 1897 and 1898, and at the IC4A he won the 880y in 1898 and the mile for three successive years (1898-1900). This record clearly indicates Cregan’s quality as a miler, but he withdrew from the 1,500m in the 1900 Olympics because the event was staged on a Sunday. When the U.S. team stopped over in London on their way to Paris, John Cregan took second place to Alfred Tysoe at the British AAA Championships. It was Tysoe who again beat him in the Olympic final.

Personal Bests: 800 – 1:55.3 (1897); Mile – 4:24.4 (1900).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1900 Summer Olympics Athletics USA John Cregan
800 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS
Marathon, Men (Olympic) DNS
800 metres, Handicap, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) AC r2/2