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Mary Decker

Awards And Accomplishments

In her prime in the early 1980s, Decker compiled 36 American and 17 world records in running
Decker still holds four American records, all set between 1983 and 1985
From 1980 to 1984, Decker won every middle-distance race she entered, with the exception of the Olympics
1972 Set an age-group world record in the 800-meter race
1972 Won an international race in the 800-meters
1973 Set three world records: the outdoor 800-meter, the indoor 880 yards, and the indoor 1,000 yards
1973 Ranked first in the United States and fourth in the world in the 800-meter race
1974 Set a U.S. high school record of 2:02.29 in the 800-meter run
1979 Gold medal in the 1500-meter race at the Pan American Games
1980 Set a world record in the mile, with a time of 4:17.55, becoming the first woman to break the 4:20 barrier
1982 Set seven world records
1982 Won Sullivan Award for best amateur athlete
1982 Became first woman to win the Jesse Owens award, presented annually to the best American track and field athlete
1982 Named Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year
1983 Becomes first woman to run 880 yards in less than two minutes
1983 Gold medals in 1,500 meter and 3,000 meter races at the inaugural World Track and Field Championships
1983 Named Sports Illustrated's 1983 Sportsman of the Year
1984 Held American record at every distance between 800 and 10,000 meters
1985 Set a world record in the mile
1985 Set a world record in the indoor 2,000-meter race
1985 Named Sportswoman of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee
1997 Set a new record in the 1,500-meter event in masters competition

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