• Born date: 1876-12-12
  • Born in: Minnesota
  • Death date: 1928-01-06
  • Death in: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Alvin Kraenzlein

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 event 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.