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Kevin Young

Full name: Kevin Curtis Young
Gender: Male
Height: 6'4" (194 cm)
Weight: 181 lbs (82 kg)
Born: September 16, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Affiliations: Santa Monica Track Club/Reebok Running Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

As a UCLA student, Kevin Young won the 1987 and 1988 NCAA titles in the 400 metre hurdles. He made his début on the international scene by finishing second at the 1987 Pan American Games. At the 1988 Olympics Young finished fourth, just one place behind legendary Edwin Moses. At the 1991 World Championships, Young was again fourth. In 1992 Young won his first US National Championships title and was unbeaten prior to the Barcelona Olympics, which he won with a stunning world record of 46.78. As of 2013 he still is the only person to run the 400 hurdles under 47 seconds. In 1993 Young won his second US National Championships title and had 25 consecutive wins until he was beaten by Samuel Matete from Zambia just two weeks before 1993 World Championships. Iin the World Championships final, however, Young again made a decisive move between hurdles 7 and 8 and held the lead until the finish, which he reached ahead of Matete by 0.42 seconds. In 1992 he was selected as the Athlete of the Year by Track & Field News and was the UPI Athlete of the Year. In 1993 he received the ESPY Award as Best Male Track Athlete. After his fabulous 1992 and 1993 seasons, Young continued to compete for another few years, but dropped off a level.

Personal Best: 400H – 46.78 (1992).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Athletics Men's 400 metres Hurdles United States USA 4
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Athletics Men's 400 metres Hurdles United States USA 1 Gold WR

Men's 400 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Athletics United States Final 4 47.94 0,214 2
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 48.56 5
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Athletics United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU 49.35 4
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Athletics United States Final 1 WR 46.78 4
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 47.63 5
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Athletics United States Round One Heat One 1 QU 48.76 4