Five-Time Olympic Sprinter
Evelyn Ashford Speaker Profile
Female sprinter, Evelyn Ashford was born in April 15, 1957 and is the 1984 Olympic champion in the 100 m. She has with automatic timing run under the 11 second barrier over 30 times and was the first to run under 11 seconds in an Olympic Games. She was born in Shreveport, Louisiana.
As a 19-year-old, Ashford finished 5th in the 100 m event at the 1976 Summer Olympics. After beating the World Record holders in the 100 m and 200 m in 1979, Ashford was one of the potential gold medalists for the 1980 Summer Olympics, but these Games were boycotted by the United States.
In 1983, she first set the World Record for the 100 meters at 10.79A seconds in Colorado Springs USA and was favourite to win the 100 meter title at the inaugural World Championships in Helsinki. In the final, however, she pulled a hamstring muscle and fell after winning her semi final, Marlies Gohr went on to win.
At the 1984 Summer Olympics, Ashford finally had a chance to win a gold medal, especially since the East Germans boycotted the Olympics. But Ashford became injured shortly before the Games and had to withdraw from the 200 m heats. She did compete in the 100 m, and with success, winning the event in a new Olympic Record 10.97 secs. As the anchor runner for the relay team, she won a second gold medal. The team clocked one of the fastest times in history and won by the biggest winning margin ever of over a second. Later in the season, she defeated East German Marlies Gohr, her great rival at the Weltklasse meeting in Zurich. In a great race which saw Ashford make up half a metre or so over Gohr she lowered her own World Record to 10.76 secs. She finished this season unsurprisingly as the number one female sprinter in the World, yet again.
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