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Wyomia Tyus

Full name: Wyomia Tyus (-Simburg)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Weight: 134 lbs (61 kg)
Born: August 29, 1945 in Griffin, Georgia, United States
Affiliations: TSU Tigers, Nashville (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 3 Gold, 1 Silver (4 Total)

Biography

With three golds and one silver medal, Wyomia Tyus of Tennessee State was the most successful of all U.S. women track & field athletes at the Olympics, marks later equalled by Florence Griffith Joyner. She also has the distinction of being the first athlete – male or female – to successfully defend an Olympic 100 m title. She won the 100 m title in 1964 with a new world record of 11.2 and in July 1965 brought the record down to 11.1, having two weeks earlier claimed a share of the 100 y record with a 10.3 clocking. In 1968 she again won the Olympic 100 m, again setting a world record (11.0) in doing so. Although she never posted a world record in the longer sprint, she won two AAU titles at 200 m/220 y to add to her three victories at 100 m/100 y. She also won the AAU Indoor 60 y three times and was the 200 m champion at the 1967 Pan American Games.

Personal Bests: 100y – 10.3 (1965); 100 – 11.08 (1968); 200 – 23.08 (1968).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Athletics Women's 100 metres United States USA 1 Gold
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA 2 Silver
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Athletics Women's 100 metres United States USA 1 Gold WR
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Athletics Women's 200 metres United States USA 6
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR

Women's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Athletics United States Final 1 11.4 11.49 6
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 11.3 11,40
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU/=WR 11.2 11.23
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Athletics United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU 11.3w 11.35w
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final 1 WR 11.0 11.08 3
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 11.3 11.35
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 11.0w 11.08w
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Round One Heat One 1 QU/=OR 11.2 11.21

Women's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final 6 23.0 23.08 3
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 23.1 23.14
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU 23.4 23.46

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Athletics United States USA Final 2 43.9 43.92 5
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Athletics United States USA Round One Heat Two 1 QU 44.8 44,83
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Athletics United States USA Final 1 WR 42.8 42.88 4
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Athletics United States USA Round One Heat One 1 QU/WR 43.4 43.50
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