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Joe DeLoach

Full name: Joseph Nathaniel "Joe" DeLoach, Jr.
Gender: Male
Height: 5-11.5 (182 cm)
Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
Born: June 5, 1967 in Bay City, Texas, United States
Affiliations: Houston Cougars, Houston (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Joe DeLoach started out as an American football player, but became a sprinter after enrolling at the University of Houston. DeLoach and [Carl Lewis] became a training partners in Houston. DeLoach’s best year was 1988, which he started by winning the 1988 NCAA Championship in the 100 metres. At the 1988 US Olympic Trials, DeLoach upset Lewis by winning the 200, while finishing fifth in the 100. In the Olympic 200 final, Lewis seemed headed for victory entering the final straight, but DeLoach caught him on the run-in, to win in an Olympic record time of 19.75. This would be the only time Lewis was defeated in an individual Olympic final.

DeLoach never again approached his 1988 level, and after missing the 1992 Olympics due to injury, he retired. In 2003, Dr. Wade Exum, the US Olympic Committee’s director of drug control administration from 1991-2000, gave copies of documents to Sports Illustrated that revealed that over 100 American athletes who failed drug tests, and should have been prevented from competing in the Olympics, were nevertheless cleared to compete, including both Lewis and DeLoach. DeLoach has never commented on the subject.

Personal Best: 200 – 19.75 (1988).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Men's 200 metres United States USA 1 Gold OR

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics United States Final 1 OR 19.75 6
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 20.06 6
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 20.56 5
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU 20.98 4
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