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Lee Evans

Full name: Lee Edward Evans
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg)
Born: February 25, 1947 in Madera, California, United States
Affiliations: Santa Clara Valley Youth Village, Santa Clara (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

In 1966, his first year out of Overfelt High School, Lee Evans was undefeated and won his first AAU title. In 1967 he won the 400 m and the 4×400 m relay (with Vince Matthews and the non-Olympians Emmett Taylor and Albert Stinson) at the Pan American Games and in 1968, while a junior at San Jose State, he was NCAA champion. Evans then went on to win the Final Trials with a world record of 44.0 (44.06), which he reduced to 43.86 in the Olympic final. He won a second gold and another world record plaque in the 4×400 m relay. Evans won the last of his five AAU titles in 1972 and, after placing fifth at the Final Trials, went to München as a member of the 4×400 m relay team. However, because of the ouster of Vince Matthews and Wayne Collett, and the injury to John Smith, the U.S. could not field a team in this event. At the end of the 1972 season, Evans joined the professional ranks. His 400 m mark of 43.86 stood as a world record until broken by Butch Reynolds in 1988.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.9 (1966); 200 – 20.4 (1969); 400 – 43.86 (1968); 880y – 1:52.0 (1966); 440yH – 50.5 (1970).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 400 metres United States USA 1 Gold WR
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final 1 WR 43.8 43.86 6
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU/OR 44.8 44.83
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 45.5 45.54
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Round One Heat One 1 QU 45.3 45.40

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) ST
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics United States USA Final 1 WR 2:56.1 2:56.16 44,1
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics United States USA Round One Heat One 1 QU/=OR 3:00.7 3:00.71
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