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Roger Kingdom

Full name: Roger Nona Kingdom
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight: 201 lbs (91 kg)
Born: August 26, 1962 in Vienna, Georgia, United States
Affiliations: New Image
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Roger Kingdom excelled at the high jump and discus in his formative years, in addition to being a noteworthy American football player. He attended the University of Pittsburgh on a football scholarship but excelled on the school's track team, winning the 1983 NCAA outdoor national championship in the 110 metre hurdles. Kingdom made his international début at the 1983 Pan American Games, where he won a gold medal but, at the 1984 Olympics, he was not considered the favorite for the high hurdles. In the Olympic final the favorite, Greg Foster, took the lead by the second hurdle, but Kingdom pulled even at the eighth hurdle and won the gold medal by inches. Between the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, Kingdom did not achieve anything noteworthy due to multiple injuries, except winning the 1985 TAC Championships (US national championships), but he returned in 1988 stronger than ever. First he won his second US title and, the month before the Olympics, he became the second man to run 110 m hurdles below 13 seconds by running 12.97 in Sestriere. In the Olympic final Kingdom won his second Olympic gold easily by again running below 13 seconds, 12.98. In 1989 Kingdom continued his dominance by winning the World Indoor title, World Cup, Summer Universiade title and his third US national title, as well as running a world record of 12.92 in Zürich. In 1990 Kingdom won the Goodwill Games and his fourth US national title but, during the next four seasons, he was again hampered by injuries and did not compete much. Kingdom made a comeback in 1995 by winning his fifth US title, the Pan American title and bronze at the World Championships, but retired soon thereafter. He later worked as a track coach with California University of Pennsylvania.

Personal Best: 110H – 12.92 (1989).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles United States USA 1 Gold OR
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles United States USA 1 Gold OR

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final 1 OR 13.20 0,137 8
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU/=OR 13.24 1
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU 13.53 1
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Final 1 OR 12.98 0,142 4
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 13.37 3
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU/OR 13.17 4
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU 13.40 1