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Joetta Clark-Diggs

Full name: Joetta Clark-Diggs
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6 (168 cm)
Weight: 123 lbs (56 kg)
Born: August 1, 1962 in East Orange, New Jersey, United States
Affiliations: Tennessee Volunteers, Knoxville (USA) / Athletics West, Eugene (USA) / Foot Locker Athletic Club, New York (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Sister-in-law of Jearl Miles-Clark; Sister of Hazel Clark-Riley.

Biography

A four-time Olympian, Joetta Clark was primarily an 800 metre runner who attended the University of Tennessee, where she won nine collegiate titles, including relays. She was a five-time US Champion outdoors and won seven US Indoor titles. Internationally Clark made the final of the 1992 Olympic 800 metres, won a gold medal at the 1980 Pan American Junior Championships, and took bronze in the 800 at the 1993 World Indoor Championships. She was ranked in the world top 10 six times, with a high ranking of #4 in 1998, at age 36.

Clark came from one of the first families of track & field in the United States. She was coached by her brother, J. J. Clark, the women’s head coach at UT. Her sister, Hazel, was also a top 800 metre runner, who ran that event at the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Olympics. J. J.’s wife, [Jearl Miles-Clark] was a top 400-800 runner and was a four-time Olympian in those events. The family was raised in northern New Jersey in difficult times, as race riots affected that area in the late 1960s. Their father was Joe Clark, a renowned educator who was principal at Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey, and was the subject of the movie “Lean on Me” for his strict disciplinary methods.

Joetta Clark-Diggs later earned a graduate degree in recreation administration. She has worked as a motivational speaker and consultant on health and fitness to corporations, colleges, and civic organizations. She founded and is the Executive Director of Joetta Clark-Diggs Sports Foundation, which promotes physical activity for children.

In 1998 Clark-Diggs was chosen by Sports Illustrated as a Hometown Hero. She is a member of multiple halls of fame, including the New Jersey Hall of Fame, Class (2013), the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame (2009), the Penn Relays Hall of Fame (2004), the University of Tennessee Hall of Fame, and the Millrose Games Hall of Fame at Madison Square Garden (2002).

Personal Best: 800 – 1:57.84 (1998).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics Women's 800 metres United States USA 7 h1 r2/3
1992 Summer 29 Barcelona Athletics Women's 800 metres United States USA 7
1996 Summer 33 Atlanta Athletics Women's 800 metres United States USA 3 h4 r1/3
2000 Summer 38 Sydney Athletics Women's 800 metres United States USA 8 h2 r2/3

Women's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 7 2:03.32 1
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 2 QU 2:00.83 4
1992 Summer 29 Barcelona Athletics United States Final 7 1:58.06 5
1992 Summer 29 Barcelona Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 4 QU 1:58.22 7
1992 Summer 29 Barcelona Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 1 QU 1:59.62 3
1996 Summer 33 Atlanta Athletics United States Round One Heat Four 3 2:00.38 3
2000 Summer 38 Sydney Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 8 2:04.12 8
2000 Summer 38 Sydney Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 4 QC 2:00.19 4
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