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Tony Sharpe

Full name: Anthony "Tony" Sharpe
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: June 28, 1961 in Kingston, Kingston, Jamaica
Affiliations: York Optimists/Downsview
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Canadian sprinter Tony Sharpe first gained prominence on the international stage when, as a student at Clemson University in South Carolina and a member of the Canadian national team, he won a bronze medal in the 4x100 metres relay (alongside Ben Johnson and the non-Olympians Chris Brandy and Michael Dwyer) at the 1980 Pan American Junior Championships. By the end of 1982 he had transferred to York University in Toronto, set a Canadian record in the 200 metres, been named Canadian University Athlete of the Year, and won a silver medal in the 4x100 m relay at the Commonwealth Games (with Johnson, Mark McKoy, and Desai Williams). His next stop was the 1983 World Championships, where he was eliminated in the semifinals of the 100 metres and disqualified in the heats of the 4x100 m relay. He also finished sixth in the 200 m at that year's Pan American Games. He then made Canada’s delegation to the 1984 Summer Olympics, where he won a bronze medal in the 4x100 m relay alongside Johnson, Williams, and Sterling Hinds. He was also eighth in the 100 m and eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 200 m.

After the Games, Sharpe’s athletic career continued, albeit with less success, until he was forced into retirement by injuries in 1987. Two years later, during the enquiries surrounding Johnson’s doping scandal, he testified that he had been using steroids since he was a student at Clemson, and subsequently received a lifetime ban from all Canadian federal sports funding. He then worked in sales as an account manager, first for Xerox (1992-1998) and then Bell Canada (1999-2009), but also took up coaching. He helped found The Speed Academy Athletics Club in Pickering, Ontario, and is, as of 2013, the head sprints coach at the city’s Need 4 Speed Performance Training center. In 2012 his lifetime ban from federal funding was lifted, opening up the possibility that he could coach at the national (or international) level.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.19 (1982); 200 – 20.22 (1982).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 100 metres Canada CAN 8
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 200 metres Canada CAN 6 h3 r2/4
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Canada CAN 3 Bronze

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Canada Final 8 10.35 0,147 3
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Canada Semi-Finals Heat Two 4 QU 10.52 2
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Canada Quarter-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 10.33 4
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Canada Round One Heat One 2 QU 10.38 3

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Canada Quarter-Finals Heat Three 6 21.46 1
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Canada Round One Heat Six 3 QU 21.31 6

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Canada CAN Final 3 38.70 6
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Canada CAN Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 39.39
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Canada CAN Round One Heat Two 1 QU 39.20
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