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Gail Devers

Full name: Yolanda Gail L. Devers (-Roberts)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-2.5 (160 cm)
Weight: 121 lbs (55 kg)
Born: November 19, 1966 in Seattle, Washington, United States
Affiliations: Nike/Foot Locker
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 3 Gold (3 Total)

Biography

Gail Devers was successful in both sprinting and hurdling, and she was selected for the 1988 Olympics after winning the 100 m at the 1987 Pan American Games. But her performance in Korea was affected by health problems. Devers was later diagnosed with Graves's disease, an autoimmine disease that affects the thyroid. Her condition was dire, but Devers recovered and marked her return to the track as runner-up in the 100 m hurdles final at the 1991 World Championships. At the 1992 Olympics, Devers won her first major title, winning the 100 m in a photo finish decision. That would become a common occurrence for Devers, who would win the 100 m at the 1993 World Championships and 1996 Olympics after analysis of the finish photo, both times narrowly defeating Jamaican runner Merlene Ottey. Devers was less lucky in Olympic hurdles events. In Barcelona, she stumbled over the last hurdle while leading the pack, and fell over the line in 5th, while in Atlanta she disappointingly placed 4th. In 2000 and 2004, Devers had to pull out of the hurdles race with an injury. She fared better in World Championships, winning the high hurdles title in 1993, 1995 and 1999. Devers was recognisable for her long nails, forcing her to use her fists at the starting line, rather than her fingers. Presently, she owns a resort in Guyana with her husband and runs her own charity foundation.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.82 (1992); 100H – 12.33 (2000).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Women's 100 metres Hurdles United States USA 8 h1 r3/4
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Athletics Women's 100 metres United States USA 1 Gold
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Athletics Women's 100 metres Hurdles United States USA 5
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Athletics Women's 100 metres United States USA 1 Gold
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Athletics Women's 100 metres Hurdles United States USA 4
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Athletics Women's 100 metres Hurdles United States USA AC h1 r3/4
2004 Summer 37 Athina Athletics Women's 100 metres United States USA 7 h1 r3/4
2004 Summer 37 Athina Athletics Women's 100 metres Hurdles United States USA AC h5 r1/3

Women's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Athletics United States Final 1 10.82 0,138 2
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 11.12
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Four 2 QU 11.17
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Athletics United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU 11.23
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Athletics United States Final 1 10.94 0,166 3
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 11.00 0,177 6
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 10.94 0,175 3
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Athletics United States Round One Heat Seven 1 QU 10.92 0,189 5
2004 Summer 37 Athina Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 7 11.22 0.165 2
2004 Summer 37 Athina Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 4 QC 11.31 0.207 7
2004 Summer 37 Athina Athletics United States Round One Heat Six 3 QU 11.29 0.215 6

Women's 100 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L RT
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 8 13.51 7
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Three 4 QU 13.22 4
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics United States Round One Heat Four 3 QU 13.18 2
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Athletics United States Final 5 12.75 2
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 13.14 5
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 12.76 2
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 3 QU 13.19 3
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Athletics United States Final 4 12.66 8 0,189
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 12.62 6 0,181
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 12.83 4 0,193
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Athletics United States Round One Heat Six 1 QU 12.73 2 0,183
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One AC DNF 5 0,213
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 12.77 6 0,181
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Athletics United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU 12.62 3 0,179
2004 Summer 37 Athina Athletics United States Round One Heat Five AC DNF 6 0.170

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST L
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Athletics United States USA Final 1 41.95 10,03 5
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