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Mike Marsh

Full name: Michael Lawrence "Mike" Marsh
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: August 4, 1967 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Affiliations: Santa Monica Track Club, Santa Monica (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Mike Marsh was recognized as a world class sprinter by the late 1980s, but made his international début at the 1991 World Championships with the US 4x100 m relay, running only in the heats. At the 1992 US Olympic trials, Marsh finished second behind [Michael Johnson] in the 200 m to make the US Olympic team. In Barcelona, Marsh surprised all observers in the semi-final, when he slowed near the end but still finished in 19.73, just 1/100th of a second slower than the current world record. Marsh then won the gold medal, in a slower time, beating early leader [Frankie Fredericks] of Namibia. Marsh helped set a world record in the final of the 4x100 m, as the American team completed the race in 37.40.

At the 1993 World Championships, Marsh placed a disappointing fourth in the 200 m, while at the 1995 Worlds, he was fifth in the 200. In 1996, Marsh managed to qualify for three sprint events at the Olympics in Atlanta, and he reached the final of all three, placing fifth in the 100 and eighth, and last, in the 200. The American 4x100 m relay team, with Marsh running third leg, was favored for the gold, but were surprised by the Canadians in the final, and had to settle for silver. Marsh retired from international athletics after the 1997 season, when a foot injury hampered him at the World Championships.

Personal Bests: 100 – 9.93 (1992); 200 – 19.73 (1992).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Athletics Men's 200 metres United States USA 1 Gold
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 5
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Athletics Men's 200 metres United States USA 8
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA 2 Silver

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Athletics United States Final 5 10.00 0,147 1
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 10.08 0,157 6
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Five 1 QU 10.04 0,161 6
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Athletics United States Round One Heat Eight 1 QU 10.14 0,185 7

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L RT
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Athletics United States Final 1 20.01 4
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU/OR 19.73 5
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 20.08 6
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Athletics United States Round One Heat Ten 1 QU 20.38 7
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Athletics United States Final 8 20.48 1 0,167
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 20.26 3 0,167
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 20.39 6 0,181
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Athletics United States Round One Heat One 1 QU 20.27 5 0,192

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) L ST
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Athletics United States USA Final 1 WR 37.40 4
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Athletics United States USA Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 38.14
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Athletics United States USA Round One Heat One 2 QU 38.95
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Athletics United States USA Final 2 38.05 4 9,27
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