Evelyn Ashford

Evelyn Ashford ( born April 15, 1957 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is a former American sprinter who won four Olympic gold medals. It is for the number of gold medals one of the six most successful track and field athletes of all time (as of 2012).


As a 19 -year-old, she participated in the Summer Olympic Games in 1976 and reached the 5th place in the 100 -meter run. At the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, she was not allowed to participate because of the Olympic boycott of the United States, but there would probably one of the absolute favorites.

In 1983, she ran 10.79 s her first world record in the 100m, but had at the World Athletics Championships 1983 in Helsinki bad luck when she retired with an injury in the finals.

At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, she finally had the desired success when she won a gold medal in the 100 m. But your participation in the 200 - meter race she had to cancel again because of an injury. Her second gold medal she won over 4x100 m.

At the Olympic Summer Games in Seoul in 1988 she was beaten over 100m by Florence Griffith Joyner, who had previously also broken her world record, and had to be content with the silver medal. A gold medal she won again about 4x100 m.

Your last part in the Olympics was in 1992 in Barcelona, ​​where she was eliminated in the semifinals of the 100m, 4x100m over but won a gold medal in a row for the third time. Her career ended in 1993.

Evelyn Ashford had a competition weight of 55 kg at a height of 1.66 m.