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Wyomia

Wyomia TYUS

United States of America
TeamUnited States of America
AthleticsAthletics
Olympic Medals
3G
1S
Games Participations2
First Olympic GamesTokyo 1964
Year of Birth1945

Biography

With three golds and one silver medal, Wyomia Tyus of Tennessee State was the most successful of all U.S. women track & field athletes at the Olympics, marks later equalled by Florence Griffith Joyner. She also has the distinction of being the first athlete – male or female – to successfully defend an Olympic 100 m title. She won the 100 m title in 1964 with a new world record of 11.2 and in July 1965 brought the record down to 11.1, having two weeks earlier claimed a share of the 100 y record with a 10.3 clocking. In 1968 she again won the Olympic 100 m, again setting a world record (11.0) in doing so. Although she never posted a world record in the longer sprint, she won two AAU titles at 200 m/220 y to add to her three victories at 100 m/100 y. She also won the AAU Indoor 60 y three times and was the 200 m champion at the 1967 Pan American Games.

Personal Bests: 100y – 10.3 (1965); 100 – 11.08 (1968); 200 – 23.08 (1968).

Olympic Results

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