Graham Hood
Personal information
Born (1972-04-02) April 2, 1972 (age 49)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight154 lb (70 kg)
Event(s)1500 metres
College teamArkansas
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)800m: 1:45.70
1000m: 2:16.88
1500m: 3:33.94
Mile: 3:51.55

Graham Hood (born April 2, 1972) is a retired track and field athlete from Canada, who competed in the middle distance events.

Early life

Hood was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to parents Colin and Brenda, but grew up in Burlington, Ontario. His father served as the Executive Director of the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) and the Colin Hood OFSAA School Sport Award is named in his honour.[1] He has one sister.

Hood attended Nelson High School where he was a four-time OFSAA champion in the 800m and 1500m.[2] Hood was a member of the Burlington Track and Field Club and played a variety of sports during his high school years, including soccer, basketball, cross country skiing, and track and field.[3]


Hood ran collegiately for the college track powerhouse Arkansas Razorbacks where he helped the team capture NCAA titles in cross country and both indoor and outdoor track and field. Hood was named the Top Relay Runner among college men at the 1994 Penn Relays.[4]

Hood was inducted into the University of Arkansas Hall of Honour in 2014.[5]

Running career

Hood represented his native country at two consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1992. He won the gold medal in the men's 1.500 metres race at the 1999 Pan American Games in his native Winnipeg.

Hood is the only Canadian to have won the Millrose Games' Wanamaker Mile, having won the 1995 edition of the event with a time of 3:57.08.[6]

Hood placed 679th overall at the 2017 Ironman World Championship, October 14 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i, finishing with a time of 10:29:28.[7]

Personal life

Hood is married to fellow Canadian Olympian Malindi Elmore and has two children.[8]

Competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Canada
1989 Pan American Junior Championships Santa Fe, Argentina 2nd 800 m 1:51.98
1990 World Junior Championships Plovdiv, Bulgaria 15th 1500 m 3:50.72
1991 Pan American Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 3rd 800 m 1:49.79
1st 1500 m 3:52.48
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 9th 1500 m 3:42.55
1994 Commonwealth Games Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 10th 1500 m 3:41.23
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 1500 m DNF
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 11th 1500 m 3:45.03
World Championships Athens, Greece 7th 1500 m 3:37.55
1999 Pan American Games Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 1st 1500 m 3:41.20
World Championships Seville, Spain 10th 1500 m 3:35.35
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 16th (sf) 1500 m 3:40.52
2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester, United Kingdom 5th 1500 m 3:38.08
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 25th (h) 1500 m 3:50.86


  1. ^ "Awards". Retrieved 2020-01-19.
  2. ^ "Past Champions Boys' Track & Field" (PDF). Retrieved 2020-01-19.
  3. ^ "The Graham Hood Interview". Retrieved 2020-01-19.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-01-23. Retrieved 2008-07-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Razorbacks honour Hood, Mustangs salute Campbell". Retrieved 2020-01-19.
  6. ^ "The Wanamaker Mile - Champions List". Retrieved 2020-01-19.
  7. ^ "IRONMAN World Championship Results". Retrieved 2020-01-19.
  8. ^ "Olympian Malindi Elmore Celebrates Powerful Marathon Debut". Retrieved 2020-01-19.