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Evelyn Ashford

Full name: Evelyn Ashford (-Washington)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
Weight: 115 lbs (52 kg)
Born: April 15, 1957 in Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
Affiliations: UCLA Bruins, Los Angeles (USA) / Mazda Optimist Track Club, Toronto (CAN)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 4 Gold, 1 Silver (5 Total)

Biography

Evelyn Ashford's exceptionally long career in sprinting earned her four Olympic gold medals. As a 19-year-old, she finished a surprise 5th at the 1976 Olympics, but was unable to follow through at the 1980 Games, with the United States boycotting the Moscow Olympics. She grabbed the opportunity to win the gold when her East German competitors boycotted the 1984 Games, and won two golds, in the 100 m and the relay. Qualifying for two more Olympics, she retained her relay gold in 1988 and 1992. At the Pan American Games she won gold in 100 m and 200 m in 1979, but she was not successful at the World Championships. In 1983, she pulled a muscle in the final, while a similar injury prevented her from entering in 1987 and in 1991 she finished fifth. In 1983, she broke the World Record, which she better in 1984 and held for five years, until Florence Griffith Joyner took over with her impossibly fast 10.49.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.76 (1984); 200 – 21.83 (1979).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 19 Montréal Athletics Women's 100 metres United States USA 5
1976 Summer 19 Montréal Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA 7
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics Women's 100 metres United States USA 1 Gold OR
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold
1988 Summer 31 Seoul Athletics Women's 100 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1988 Summer 31 Seoul Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold
1992 Summer 35 Barcelona Athletics Women's 100 metres United States USA 5 h2 r3/4
1992 Summer 35 Barcelona Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold

Women's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L RT
1976 Summer 19 Montréal Athletics United States Final 5 11.24 5
1976 Summer 19 Montréal Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 11.21 5
1976 Summer 19 Montréal Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 11.28 3
1976 Summer 19 Montréal Athletics United States Round One Heat Six 3 QU 11.25 5
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final 1 OR 10.97 4 0,166
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 11.03 3
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 11.21 7
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU 11.06 4
1988 Summer 31 Seoul Athletics United States Final 2 10.83w 6 0,176
1988 Summer 31 Seoul Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 10.99 6
1988 Summer 31 Seoul Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Two 1 QU/=OR 10.88 5
1988 Summer 31 Seoul Athletics United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU 11.10 3
1992 Summer 35 Barcelona Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 5 11.29
1992 Summer 35 Barcelona Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 11.13
1992 Summer 35 Barcelona Athletics United States Round One Heat Six 1 QU 11.23

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) L ST
1976 Summer 19 Montréal Athletics United States USA Final 7 43.35 2
1976 Summer 19 Montréal Athletics United States USA Round One Heat Two 2 QU 43.46 4
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics United States USA Final 1 41.65 5 9,77
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics United States USA Round One Heat Two 1 QU 42.59 10,23
1988 Summer 31 Seoul Athletics United States USA Final 1 41.98 6 10,06
1988 Summer 31 Seoul Athletics United States USA Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 42.12 10,01
1988 Summer 31 Seoul Athletics United States USA Round One Heat Three 1 QU 42.39 10,41
1992 Summer 35 Barcelona Athletics United States USA Final 1 42.11 3 11,31
1992 Summer 35 Barcelona Athletics United States USA Round One Heat One 2 QU 42.50