At the end of the 1960s she was one of the top sprinters in the world. In 1967 and 1968 she set six world records outdoors: two over 100 meters , two over 200 meters and two in the 4-by-100-meter relay as well as in the hall over 50 meters. In 1967 she won the Pan American Games over 100 meters and was US champion in the same discipline. In 1969 she was also the US champion over 100 and 220 yards.
In 1968 she took part in the Olympic Games in Mexico and won the silver medal in the 100-meter run behind the American Wyomia Tyus and in front of the Polish Irena Szewińska . She won the gold medal with the team in the 4 x 100 meter relay with her teammates Margaret Bailes , Mildrette Netter and Wyomia Tyus. She took 4th place over 200 meters. At the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, she finished 7th.
Until 1969 she studied at the same time at California State University in Los Angeles, where she also graduated. She then worked as a primary school teacher in Los Angeles until 1976, as the amateur regulations at the time prohibited her from working as a trainer .
She then worked full-time for the teachers' union and after the end of her own career worked as a trainer for the Beyond Athletics Track Club . In 1982 she took over the coaching position at West Los Angeles Junior College. From 1991 to 1999 she was the women's coach at the University of Southern California . Here she also trained the male sprinters. She was one of the first women to train men in a sprinting stronghold. She then moved to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas .
Ferrell is married to former sprinter Warren Edmonson, has two children and now works as a trainer for the track and field team at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). In 1988 she was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the US Athletics Federation.
- Barbara Ferrell on sporting-heroes.net
- Arnd Krüger : American sport between isolationism and internationalism. Competitive sport. 18: 1, pp. 43-47 (1988) ; 2, pp. 47-50 . 17th December 2016
- UNLV Rebels: Player Bio: Barbara Ferrell-Edmonson
- USATF: Hall of Fame - Barbara Ferrell
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Ferrell-Edmonson, Barbara|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American athlete and Olympic champion|
|DATE OF BIRTH||July 28, 1947|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Hattiesburg|