Fitzgerald - Brown was a 15 - time All -American champion in the 100 - meter hurdles and U.S. National Champion in 1983 and 1986. She was internationally leading runner in this discipline until 1986, when the Bulgarian Jordanka Donkowa the existing world record twice within a hour broke.
At the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, she won the gold medal ahead of Briton Shirley Strong ( silver ) and the two third parties, the Frenchwoman Michèle Chardonnet and the US-American Kim Turner (both bronze).
Personal best time
- 60m hurdles (Hall ): 8.18 s, January 29, 1983 Louisville
- 100m hurdles: 12.84 s, June 4, 1983, Houston