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Evelyn Ashford Biography

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American track and field athlete

Recognized as one of track and field history's most accomplished sprinters, Evelyn Ashford is the only woman in U.S. track history to win four Olympic gold medals—one in the 100-meter sprint and three as part of

Evelyn Ashford

4 × 100-meter relay teams. Two years after giving birth to her daughter, she won a silver medal for the 100-meter in the 1988 Olympics, finishing second to the great U.S. sprinter Florence Griffith-Joyner, and a gold medal in the 4 × 100 relays. Ashford twice broke the world record for the 100-meter sprint and broke the American record five times. She broke the American record for the 200-meter sprint three times. A U.S. national champion five times in the 100-meter and five times in the 200-meter, Ashford won the World Cup a total of four times and won the Pan-Am Championship in each race in 1979. Still running in top form at age thirty-five, she won a gold medal in the 4 × 100 relays in the 1992 Olympics.


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