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Wyomia Tyus

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15 October 1968, Wyomia Tyus becomes the first person to win a gold medal in the 100 meter race in two consecutive Olympic games.

 

Height: 5’8″

 

Nationality: American

 

Education: Tennessee State University

 

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Wyomia Tyus, (born August 29, 1945, Griffin, Georgia, U.S.), American sprinter who held the world record for the 100-metre race (1964–65, 1968–72) and was the first person to win the Olympic gold medal twice (1964, 1968) in that event.

 

Tyus attracted national attention as a high-school runner and as an athlete at Tennessee State University (B.A, 1967). She made her Olympic debut at the 1964 Games in Tokyo, capturing the gold medal in the 100-metre race and a silver with the 4 × 100-metre relay team.

 

In the same year, she won the 100-metre race in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) championship meet. She was also an AAU champion at 100 yards (1965–66) and 220 yards.

 

Indoors she was a three-time winner of the 60-yard dash (1965–67), setting world records in the event in 1965 and 1966. At the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City she defended her 100-metre title, winning in the world record time of 11.08 seconds.

 

She won her third Olympic gold as the anchor of the 4 × 100-metre relay team and also placed sixth in the 200-metre race. She continued her dominance in the 100-metre event until 1972.

Gold medals: Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Women’s 100 metres
Teammates: Edith McGuire, Barbara Ferrell, Willye White, Margaret Bailes, Marilyn White, Mildrette Netter

Written by: Mandy Law

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