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Cynthia Poor

Full name: Cynthia Shepherd Poor (-Jensen)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-3.5 (162 cm)
Weight: 115 lbs (52 kg)
Born: May 18, 1953 in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States
Affiliations: San Jose Cindergals
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics


Cynthia Poor ran for the San Jose State Cindergals, UC Davis, and Athletes in Action. In 1976 she set the American record in the 1,500 metres with 4:07.32, and was the AAU indoor champion at 880 yards in 1977. She twice represented the US in dual meets against the Soviet Union, and in 1975 ran in the International Cross-Country Championships, where she placed 27th. Poor made the 1976 Olympic team in both the 800 and 1,500 metres. The 800 was considered her better event, but she won the Olympic Trials in the 1,500, while placing second in the 800, and elected to skip the shorter event at the Olympics. Poor married and later worked as a volunteer track coach as Cynthia Jensen.

Personal Bests: 400 – 55.7 (1973); 800 – 2:00.15 (1976); 1,500 – 4:06.83 (1976); 3,000 – 9:24.1 (1975).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 23 Montréal Athletics Women's 1,500 metres United States USA 6 h4 r1/3

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1976 Summer 23 Montréal Athletics United States Round One Heat Four 6 4:08.89
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