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Kim Gallagher

Full name: Kimberly Ann "Kim" Gallagher
Gender: Female
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
Weight: 104 lbs (47 kg)
Born: June 11, 1964 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 18, 2002 in Oreland, Pennsylvania, United States
Affiliations: Puma and Energizer Track Club/Los Angeles Track Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Kim Gallagher was born near Philadelphia and started track when she accompanied her brother, Bart, to his track club. By the time she was 16, she had set the US high school record in the 800, and finished 8th in the 1980 Olympic Trials over 800 metres. Gallagher briefly attended the University of Arizona but left because she was unable to attend school and train at a world-class level. In 1984, in addition to her Olympic silver medal, she was U.S. champion at both 800 and 1,500 metres. She was dogged by illnesses throughout her life, contracting colon cancer shortly after her 1988 Olympic bronze medal effort. She initially refused doctor's recommendations of chemotherapy and treated her cancer with vitamins, diet and rest, which was initially effective, but cancer recurred in 1994. Confined to a wheelchair in her last year, still in her 30s, she died from a stroke.

Personal Bests: 200 – 24.45 (1985); 400 – 52.44 (1985); 800 – 1:56.91 (1988); 1500 - 4:03.29 (1988); Mile – 4:36.94 (1982); 3000 – 9:19.67 (1981); 5000 – 16:34.7 (1979).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics Women's 800 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Women's 800 metres United States USA 3 Bronze
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Women's 1,500 metres United States USA 11

Women's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final 2 1:58.63 5
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 2:00.48 8
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU 2:00.37 6
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics United States Final 3 1:56.91 3
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 1:57.39 5
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU 2:01.70 2

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics United States Final 11 4:16.25
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics United States Round One Heat One 4 QU 4:07.22