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Evelyn Ashford

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 4
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 5
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameEvelyn•Ashford (-Washington)
Used nameEvelyn•Ashford
Born15 April 1957 in Shreveport, Louisiana (USA)
Measurements165 cm / 52 kg
AffiliationsUCLA Bruins, Los Angeles (USA) / Mazda Optimist Track Club, Toronto (CAN)
NOC United States

Biography

Evelyn Ashford’s exceptionally long career in sprinting earned her four Olympic gold medals. As a 19-year-old, she finished a surprise 5th at the 1976 Olympics, but was unable to follow through at the 1980 Games, with the United States boycotting the Moscow Olympics. She grabbed the opportunity to win the gold when her East German competitors boycotted the 1984 Games, and won two golds, in the 100 m and the relay. Qualifying for two more Olympics, she retained her relay gold in 1988 and 1992. At the Pan American Games she won gold in 100 m and 200 m in 1979, but she was not successful at the World Championships. In 1983, she pulled a muscle in the final, while a similar injury prevented her from entering in 1987 and in 1991 she finished fifth. In 1983, she broke the World Record, which she bettered in 1984 and held for five years, until Florence Griffith Joyner took over with her impossibly fast 10.49.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.76 (1984); 200 – 21.83 (1979).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1976 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Evelyn Ashford
100 metres, Women (Olympic) 5
4 × 100 metres Relay, Women (Olympic) United States 7
1984 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Evelyn Ashford
100 metres, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Relay, Women (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
1988 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Evelyn Ashford
100 metres, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
4 × 100 metres Relay, Women (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
1992 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Evelyn Ashford
100 metres, Women (Olympic) 5 h2 r3/4
4 × 100 metres Relay, Women (Olympic) United States 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1984 Summer Olympics 5 August 1984 Athletics 100 metres, Women Final 10.97 1
1988 Summer Olympics 24 September 1988 Athletics 100 metres, Women Quarter-Finals, Heat Two 10.88 1

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1988 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony USA Evelyn Ashford

Special Notes