Full name: Derrick Ralph Adkins
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: July 2, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York, United States
Affiliations: Reebok Running Club
Country: United States
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Derrick Adkins rose onto the international athletics scene in 1991 when he finished third at the US National Championships and qualified for the 1991 World Championships, where he placed sixth. Adkins won the World Student Games in 1991 and 1993 and finished seventh at the 1993 World Championships. Adkins made a rapid improvement in 1994, when he won his first US National Championships. He repeated this win in 1995 and was favored at the 1995 World Championships. At Göteborg Adkins won his heat easily and, in the final, won the gold narrowly ahead of his career-long rival Samuel Matete from Zambia. Prior to the Atlanta Olympics Matete had beaten Adkins four times out of five. In 1997 Atkins was second at the US National Championships, but missed the final for the first time at a World Championships by finishing only fifth in the semi-final. Adkins continued to compete in subsequent years, but it was obvious that his glory days were over and he retired from athletics in 2000. After his retirement Adkins was assistant track & field coach at Columbia University between 2004-06 and later became director of the New Balance Track and Field Armory Center in New York City.
Personal Best: 400H – 47.54 (1995).
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