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Florence Griffith Joyner

Full name: Delorez Florence Griffith Joyner
Nickname(s): Flo-Jo
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 126 lbs (57 kg)
Born: December 21, 1959 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: September 21, 1998 in Mission Viejo, California, United States
Affiliations: Tiger World Class Athletic Club/West Coast Athletic Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Sister-in-law of Jackie Joyner-Kersee; Wife of Al Joyner.

Medals: 3 Gold, 2 Silver (5 Total)

Biography

America's Florence Griffith Joyner was a superb sprinter who completely dominated the women's track season in 1988. As Florence Griffith, she had been a top female sprinter since the early 1980s, but one who had never quite been able to win the bigger races. Between the 1984 and 1988 Olympics she married Al Joyner, gold medalist in the triple jump at the Los Angeles Olympics. In 1988, after setting a world record of 10.49 for 100 metres at the U.S. Olympic Trials, she won three gold and one silver medal at the Seoul Games. Victories in the 100 metres and 200 metres, in which she twice broke the world record (21.56 in the semis, and 21.34 in the final), were followed by a third gold in the sprint relay and a silver in the 4×400 metres relay. She had previously won a silver medal in the 200 metres in 1984, and at the World Championships, she also won a silver medal in 1987. Griffith Joyner was NCAA Champion over 200 metres in 1982 and 400 metres in 1983. The flamboyant outfits she wore on the track made her a darling of the media who gave her the nickname "Flo-Jo". After her track career ended, she had some health problems with a seizure disorder and tragically died quite young from a seizure while sleeping.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.49 (1988); 200 – 21.34 (1988); 400 – 50.86 (1985).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Women's 200 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Women's 100 metres United States USA 1 Gold
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Women's 200 metres United States USA 1 Gold WR
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay United States USA 2 Silver

Women's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics United States Final 1 10.54w 0,131 3
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 10.70w 5
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU/OR 10.62 5
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics United States Round One Heat Seven 1 QU/OR 10.88 5

Women's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final 2 22.04 0,185 4
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 22.27 7
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 22.33 6
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics United States Round One Heat One 1 QU 22.56 3
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics United States Final 1 WR 21.34 5
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU/WR 21.56 5
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU/OR 21.76 3
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU 22.51 3

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics United States USA Final 1 41.98 6
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics United States USA Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 42.12

Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics United States USA Final 2 3:15.51 48,08
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