The two-time World Cross-Country champion will be inducted in December.
Craig Virgin was elected into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame on Monday. At his request, Virgin will defer the induction until December 2011 when the ceremony will be held at the USA Track & Field National Convention set for St. Louis, which is near his home.
Virgin is the only American man to qualify for three U.S. Olympic Track and Field teams in the 10,000 meters. He qualified for the 1976, 1980, and 1984 teams. In 1980, Virgin owned the fastest 10,000m time in the world and had won the World Cross Country title, but he was denied the chance to compete in the Olympics due to the American boycott that year.
“I’m proud to join so many of my own heroes in the Hall of Fame. It’s especially nice to be honored by both my peers and fans in our sport,” Virgin said.
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