Sprint events in athletics usually make headlines at the Summer Olympics. World-class sprinters have a thrilling look at the track and produce a photo finish.
Throughout the rich history of the Summer Olympics, the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints have been depicted as blue reband races and undoubtedly the most keenly watched and followed track events.
USA has dominated the sprint events at the Summer Olympics, with both male and female sprinters winning medals.
While the USA has Carl Lewis, Maurice Green and Justlin Gatlin, who have become Olympic champions, they have also performed brilliantly.
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Five most successful American women sprinters at the Summer Olympics:
In order to reestablish their rivalry with the Jamaicans at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics by American women sprinters, let us take a look at the five most prominent American female sprinters at the Summer Olympics.
# 5 Gwen Torrance – 5 medals (3 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
1992 Summer Olympics (Barcelona): Gold in 200 m and 4 * 100 m relay; Silver in 4 * 400 meter relay.
1996 Summer Olympics (Atlanta): Gold in 4 * 100 meter relay; Bronze in 100 meters.
Gwen Torrance was one of the integral members in the Golden Age of American women’s sprinting, including Florence Griffith Jauner and Evelyn Ashford.
Torrance proved his sprinting pedigree at the Summer Olympics with three medals at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. She Won gold medals in 200 m and 4 * 100 m.
At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, she won bronze in the 100 meters and gold in the 4 * 100 meter relay.
# 4 Evelyn Ashford – 5 medals (4 gold, 1 silver)
1984 Summer Olympics: Gold in 100 m and 4 * 100 m relay.
1988 Summer Olympics: Gold in 4 * 100 meter relay; Silver in 100 meters.
1992 Summer Olympics: Gold in 4 * 100 meter relay.
American sprinter Ashford won the gold medal in the 100 meters by setting a record time of 10.97 seconds at the 1984 Summer Olympics. She Doubling the number of gold medals in that Games, the American team won the women’s 4 * 100 meter relay.
She Steamed in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, where he won a silver medal in the 100-meter sprint. Ashford repeated his feat by winning the gold medal in the 4 * 100 meter relay to the American team from the 1984 Games.
# 3 Gayle Devers – 3 Medals (3 Gold)
1992 Summer Olympics – Gold in 100 meters.
1996 Summer Olympics – Gold in 100 meters.
1996 Summer Olympics – Gold in 4 * 100 m.
Gayle Devers was the most prominent American female runner in the 90s. The US Sprint Queen entered the record book by winning the 100-meter sprint at consecutive Summer Olympics (1992 and 1996).
After doing so, Devers became only the second female runner to defend her 100-meter title at the Summer Olympics, fellow American Viomia Tyce.
The American women’s relay team helped maintain its dominance in the 4 * 100-meter women’s relay by winning a gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
# 2 Florence Griffith-Zoner – 5 medals (3 gold, 2 silver)
1984 Summer Olympics: Silver in 200 meters.
1988 Summer Olympics: Gold 100 meters, 200 meters and 4 * 100 meters; Silver in 4 * 400 meters.
Florence Griffith-Joyner stands tall among the illustrious list of highly influential female American sprinters at the Summer Olympics.
Popularly known as ‘Flow Joe’, Griffith-Joyner made his Olympic debut in style by winning silver at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
She Would go on to achieve legendary status by achieving a hat-trick of titles in the sprint at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Griffith-Joyner edged his rival Ashford from 0.3m to become the 100m champion. She He also won the 200-meter gold in that game, doing so with a record time of 21.34 seconds. The Sprint Queen completed the treble by winning the 4 * 100 meter women’s relay.
Her Olympic and world record time in the 100m and 200m sprint, the Seoul Olympics, established three decades ago in 1988, still stand the test of time.
# 1 Allison Felix – 9 medals (6 gold and 3 silver)
2004 Summer Olympics: Silver in 200 meters.
2008 Summer Olympics: Gold in 4 * 400 meter relay; Silver in 200 meters.
2012 Summer Olympics: Gold in 200 m, 4 * 100 m and 4 * 400 m relay.
2016 Summer Olympics: Gold in 4 * 100 meter relay and 4 * 400 meter relay; Silver in 400 meters.
Alison Felix is the most decorated female American athlete at the Summer Olympics. There is no staggering consistency and longevity in sprint events at the Olympics.
With six gold and three silvers, the legendary American sprinter set a record at the Summer Olympics. She Won her first gold medal in the 200 meters at the 2012 London Olympics after winning silver in the 2004 London and 2008 Games.
Also known for his skills in relay races in the quadrennial event, Felix was part of a major 4 * 400m US relay team that scored a hat-trick of titles from 2008 to 2016.
Sanya Richards – 5 medals.
Wyomiya Tys – 4 medals
Tori Bowie – 3 medals
Carmelita Jettar – 3 medals
Lauryn Williams – 2 medals.
Published 05 Feb 2021 18:47 IST