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Wyomia Tyus

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameWyomia•Tyus (-Simburg)
Used nameWyomia•Tyus
Born29 August 1945 in Griffin, Georgia (USA)
Measurements172 cm / 61 kg
AffiliationsTSU Tigers, Nashville (USA)
NOC(s) United States

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).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1964 Summer Olympics Athletics 100 metres, Women Olympic 1 Gold Representing United States    
  4 × 100 metres Relay, Women Olympic United States 2 Silver
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics 100 metres, Women Olympic 1 Gold Representing United States    
  200 metres, Women Olympic 6
  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
1964 Summer Olympics 15 October 1964 Athletics 100 metres, Women Quarter-Finals, Heat One 11.2 WR 1
1968 Summer Olympics 14 October 1968 Athletics 100 metres, Women Round One, Heat One 11.2 1
1968 Summer Olympics 14 October 1968 Athletics 100 metres, Women Quarter-Finals, Heat Two 11.0w 1
1968 Summer Olympics 15 October 1968 Athletics 100 metres, Women Final 11.0 WR 1
1968 Summer Olympics 19 October 1968 Athletics 4 × 100 metres Relay, Women Round One, Heat One 43.4 WR 1
1968 Summer Olympics 20 October 1968 Athletics 4 × 100 metres Relay, Women Final 42.8 WR 1

Special Notes