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Johnny Gray

Full name: John Lee "Johnny" Gray, Jr.
Gender: Male
Height: 6-3 (191 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: June 19, 1960 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Affiliations: Santa Monica Track Club, Santa Monica (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Johnny Gray was an 800 metre specialist who competed in the event at four consecutive Olympics, from 1984-96, winning a bronze medal in 1992. Gray also won gold medals in the 800 at the 1987 and 1999 Pan American Games. He also competed at three World Championships (1987, 1991, 1993) and four editions of the Goodwill Games, winning that title in 1986.

Gray ran in college at Santa Monica College and then at Arizona State University. He was a six-time US Champion in the 800, also winning the Olympic Trials in 1988, 1992, and 1996. In 1984-85, Gray set US records in the event, recording 1:43.74 in June 1984, and eventually lowering the mark to 1:42.60 in August 1985.

Gray later went into coaching, working at Harvard-Westlake School, UCLA, and the University of Central Florida. He is a member of the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame, the Santa Monica College Hall of Fame, the Millrose Games Hall of Fame, and the Mt. Sac Relays Hall of Fame.

Personal Best: 800 – 1:42.60 (1985).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 800 metres United States USA 7
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Men's 800 metres United States USA 5
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Men's 800 metres United States USA 3 Bronze
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Athletics Men's 800 metres United States USA 7

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final 7 1:47.89 5
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 1:45.82 4
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Three 3 QU 1:45.82 2
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics United States Round One Heat Six 1 QU 1:47.19 6
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics United States Final 5 1:44.80 7
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 4 QU 1:45.04 6
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 1:45.96 1
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU 1:48.83 2
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics United States Final 3 1:43.97 5
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 1:45.66 3
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU 1:46.62 3
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Athletics United States Final 7 1:44.21 2
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 1:44.00 3
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Athletics United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU 1:45.87 3
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