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Dennis Mitchell

Full name: Dennis Allen Mitchell
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: February 20, 1966 in Havelock, North Carolina, United States
Affiliations: Elite/Mazda Optimists Track Club/Mizuno Track Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Husband of Damu Cherry.

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Dennis Mitchell placed fourth in the 100 metres at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and missed a probable gold medal in the 4x100 m relay because the American team was disqualified in the heats for a bad baton pass. In 1989, Mitchell won the NCAA 200 metre title, representing the University of Florida. In 1991, just a month before the World Championships, Mitchell helped a US team break the 4x100 m relay world record with a time of 37.67 at Zürich. At the 1991 World Championships, Mitchell won gold with the American 4x100 m relay team, which further broke the world record with 37.50 in the final, and added a bronze medal in 100 m.

In 1992, Mitchell won his first US Championship in the 100 m, which he would repeat in 1994 and 1996. At the Barcelona Olympics, Mitchell ran on his third world record setting relay team, recording 37.40 to win the gold medal, and again took bronze in the 100. At the 1993 World Championships, Mitchell won his third bronze at the international championships in the 100 and his third relay gold in world record time, as this time the American team equaled their 37.40 mark.

Mitchell won a gold medal in 100 m at the 1994 Goodwill Games, before winning silver in the relay at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. In 1998, Mitchell was banned by the IAAF for two years after a test showed high levels of testosterone and he made his final international appearance at the 2001 World Championships, where he initially won a gold medal in 4x100 m relay, but later the team was disqualified because of BALCO scandal involvement by a teammate. Mitchell’s excuse for his high testosterone level was a classic, when he noted that it was due to having several beers and having sex multiple times with his wife, because it was her birthday and she deserved it.

Personal Best: 100 – 9.91 (1991).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 4
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA AC h4 r1/3
1992 Summer 26 Barcelona Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 3 Bronze
1992 Summer 26 Barcelona Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR
1996 Summer 30 Atlanta Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 4
1996 Summer 30 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
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Athletics United States Final 4 10.04 0,186 8
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 10.23 5
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 2 QU 10.13 3
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Athletics United States Round One Heat Eleven 1 QU 10.37 8
1992 Summer 26 Barcelona Athletics United States Final 3 10.04 0,143 4
1992 Summer 26 Barcelona Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 10.10 3
1992 Summer 26 Barcelona Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 10.22 6
1992 Summer 26 Barcelona Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 1 QU 10.21 3
1996 Summer 30 Atlanta Athletics United States Final 4 9.99 0,145 4
1996 Summer 30 Atlanta Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 10.00 0,141 5
1996 Summer 30 Atlanta Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 10.09 0,200 6
1996 Summer 30 Atlanta Athletics United States Round One Heat Six 1 QU 10.24 0,165 4

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) L ST
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Athletics United States USA Round One Heat Four AC DQ [38.98]
1992 Summer 26 Barcelona Athletics United States USA Final 1 WR 37.40 4
1992 Summer 26 Barcelona Athletics United States USA Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 38.14
1992 Summer 26 Barcelona Athletics United States USA Round One Heat One 2 QU 38.95
1996 Summer 30 Atlanta Athletics United States USA Final 2 38.05 4 9,05
1996 Summer 30 Atlanta Athletics United States USA Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 37.96 3 8,98
1996 Summer 30 Atlanta Athletics United States USA Round One Heat Three 1 QU 38.58 3 9,28
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