Evelyn Ashford

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Evelyn Ashford athletics
nation United StatesUnited States United States
birthday 15th April 1957 (age 63)
place of birth Shreveport
size 166 cm
Weight 55 kg
discipline sprint
Best performance 10.76 s ( 100 m )
21.83 s ( 200 m )
society UCLA Bruins
status resigned
End of career 1993
Medal table
Olympic games 4 × gold 1 × silver 0 × bronze
Pan American Games 2 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
Olympic rings Olympic games
gold Los Angeles 1984 100 m
gold Los Angeles 1984 4 × 100 m
gold Seoul 1988 4 × 100 m
silver Seoul 1988 100 m
gold Barcelona 1992 4 × 100 m
Pan American Games logo Pan American Games
gold San Juan 1979 100 m
gold San Juan 1979 200 m

Evelyn Ashford (born April 15, 1957 in Shreveport , Louisiana ) is a former American sprinter who won four Olympic gold medals. According to the number of gold medals, she is one of the six most successful athletes (as of 2016).


As a 19-year-old she took part in the 1976 Olympic Games and came in 5th in the 100-meter run . At the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow she was allowed because of the Olympic boycott not attend the US, but would there probably one of the absolute favorites.

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

At the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles , she finally had the great success she had longed for when she won a gold medal over 100 meters. However , she had to cancel her participation in the 200-meter run again due to an injury. She won her second gold medal over 4 times 100 meters . On August 22nd of the same year the Weltklasse Zürich duel with Marlies Göhr , who had not participated in the Olympic Games due to the boycott. Ashford ran the fastest race of her entire career and won the duel in a new world record time of 10.76 seconds.

At the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul , she was beaten over 100 meters by Florence Griffith-Joyner , who had previously also broken her world record, and had to be satisfied with the silver medal. She won a gold medal again over 4 x 100 meters.

Your last Olympic participation was in 1992 in Barcelona , over 100 meters but for the third time in a row won a gold medal four times, where she was eliminated in the 100 meters in the semifinals. She ended her career in 1993.

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


  • Janet Woolum: Outstanding Women Athletes: Who They are and how They Influenced Sports in America . Greenwood, 1998, ISBN 9781573561204 , pp. 82-84
  • Martha Ward Plowden: Olympic Black Women . Pelican, ISBN 9781455609949 , pp. 25-28
  • Kwame Anthony Appiah (Ed.), Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Ed.): Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience . Oxford University Press, 2005, ISBN 9780195170559 , pp. 277 ff.
  • World's Fastest Mum . Ebony, June 1986 ( online copy (Google) )

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ "The great Olympia Lexicon", Sport-Bild from June 19, 1996, p. 36