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Gwen Torrence

Full name: Gwendolyn Lenna "Gwen" Torrence (-Waller, -Smith)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 126 lbs (57 kg)
Born: June 12, 1965 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Affiliations: Athletics West/Mazda Optimists Track Club/Nike
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 3 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (5 Total)

Biography

Gwen Torrence was a three-time Olympic gold medalist, winning the 200 metres at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and adding 4x100 relay gold medals in both 1992 and 1996. Torrence won five Olympic medals in all, with a silver in the 4x400 in Barcelona, and a bronze in the 100 metres at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Competing at three World Championships (1991, 1993, 1995), Torrence won eight medals, with golds in the 100 in 1995, the 4x100 relay in 1995, and the 4x400 relay in 1993. She was also a gold medalist in the 200 metres at the 1987 Pan American Games. She won three gold medals at the 1994 Goodwill Games, winning both sprints and the 4x100 relay. She also won both sprints at the 1987 Universiade.

Torrence ran for the University of Georgia in college. While in college she won an NCAA title in the 100 metres in 1987, after placing second in 1986, and won the 200 metres in 1986-87. She was US Champion outdoors in the 100 in 1995 and the 200 in 1988, 1993, and 1995, while winning indoor titles in the 55 metres in 1989, the 60 metres in 1994-96, and the 200 metres in 1994 and 1996.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.82 (1995); 200 – 21.72 (1992); 400 – 49.64 (1992).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Women's 100 metres United States USA 5
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Women's 200 metres United States USA 6
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Women's 100 metres United States USA 4
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Women's 200 metres United States USA 1 Gold
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay United States USA 2 Silver
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Women's 100 metres United States USA 3 Bronze
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold

Women's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics United States Final 5 10.97w 0,148 1
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 11.02 5
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Four 2 QU 10.99 3
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU 11.12 1
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics United States Final 4 10.86 0,175 5
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 11.02
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Three 2 QU 11.17
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU 11.28
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics United States Final 3 10.96 0,151 6
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 10.97 0,138 6
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 11.11 0,165 4
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics United States Round One Heat Six 1 QU 11.11 0,153 9

Women's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics United States Final 6 22.17 8
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 22.53 6
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 22.25 6
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics United States Round One Heat Seven 1 QU 22.87 7
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics United States Final 1 21.81 6
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 21.72 3
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 22.21 6
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics United States Round One Heat Seven 1 QU 22.66 4

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST L
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics United States USA Final 1 42.11 9,73 3
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics United States USA Final 1 41.95 9,97 5
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics United States USA Round One Heat One 1 QU 42.49 10,31 3

Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics United States USA Final 2 3:20.92 49,8
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