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Ernestine Pollards

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameErnestine•Pollards (-Thorp, -Wallace)
Used nameErnestine•Pollards
Born19 January 1942 in Chicago, Illinois (USA)
Died22 January 2014 in Altamonte Springs, Florida (USA)
Measurements170 cm / 52 kg
AffiliationsMayor Daley Youth Foundation, Chicago (USA)
NOC United States


Raised with a twin brother, Ernest, Ernestine Pollards ran sprints for the Mayor Daley Youth Foundation in Chicago, and competed in the 1960 Olympic Games while still a student at Crane High School. Her best year was 1961 when she ran on a 4x100 metre relay team that broke the world record in a dual meet against the Soviet Union, and competed in three international duals against the USSR, West Germany, and Great Britain. Pollards later married Earl Wallace, raised two boys, and coached club track in Chicago.

Personal Best: 100 – 11.8 (1960); 200 – 23.7 (1961).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Ernestine Pollards
200 metres, Women (Olympic) 4 h5 r1/3
4 × 100 metres Relay, Women (Olympic) United States DNS