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Doris Brown

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Non-starter
SexFemale
Full nameDoris Elaine•Brown (Severtson-, -Heritage)
Used nameDoris•Brown
Born17 September 1942 in Gig Harbor, Washington (USA)
Measurements163 cm / 51 kg
AffiliationsFalcon TC, Seattle (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

Doris Brown was one of the first pioneers for women’s distance running in the United States, and for her efforts, she was elected to the US Track & Field Hall of Fame. Brown ran in the International Cross-Country Championship nine times between 1967-77 and won that title five times consecutively, from 1967-71. She was a five-time US Cross-Country Champion, in 1966, and 1968-71. She competed in the 1967 and 1971 Pan American Games, winning a silver medal in both years in the 800. On the track, Brown won five AAU titles in the 800, mile, and 2 miles between 1966-74, and won four AAU Indoor Championships in 1967-68, and 1971-72. In 1971 she set her only track world record, in the 3,000 metres, during a 2-mile race in Bakersfield, California.

Brown attended Seattle Pacific University and ran for the Falcon Track Club. She was the assistant women’s coach of the 1984 Olympic and 1987 World Championship teams.

Personal Bests: 440y – 55.8 (1968); 800 – 2:01.9 (1968); 1500 – 4:14.6 (1971); Mile – 4:39.6 (1971); 3000 – 9:44.6 (1970); 2 Miles – 10:07.0 (1971); 5000 – 16:36.2 (1978); Mar – 2-47:35 (1977).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Doris Brown
800 metres, Women (Olympic) 5
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Doris Brown
1,500 metres, Women (Olympic) DNS

Special Notes