Full name: Joseph Nathaniel "Joe" DeLoach, Jr.
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: United States
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).
|1988 Summer||21||Seoul||Athletics||Men's 200 metres||United States||USA||1||Gold||OR|
|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|