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Joe DeLoach

Full name: Joseph Nathaniel "Joe" DeLoach, Jr.
Gender: Male
Height: 5-11.5 (182 cm)
Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
Born: June 5, 1967 in Bay City, Texas, United States
Affiliations: Houston Cougars, Houston (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


As a child Joe DeLoach dreamt of being an American football star but, after enrolling at the University of Houston, like [Carl Lewis] before him, he chose the sprints. DeLoach and Lewis became training partners and the 1988 was DeLoach's best year as a competitive athlete. Before 1988 few people had heard of DeLoach, but he came to prominence at the 1988 NCAA championships, where he won the 100 metres. At the 1988 US Olympic trials, DeLoach upset his training partner Lewis by winning the 200 metres event. At the Olympic 200 m final Lewis seemed heading for the title three-quarters of the way, but DeLoach caught him to win gold in the Olympic record time of 19.75. This performance marked the only time Lewis was legally defeated in an individual Olympic final. After the Olympics DeLoach failed to reach his 1988 level again and, after missing the 1992 Olympics due to injury, he retired from sports.

Personal Best: 200 – 19.75 (1988).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Men's 200 metres United States USA 1 Gold OR

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics United States Final 1 OR 19.75 6
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 20.06 6
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 20.56 5
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU 20.98 4
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