Jearl Miles Clark

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Jearl Miles Clark athletics

Jearl Miles-Clark Sydney 2000.jpg
Jearl Miles Clark, Sydney 2000

nation United StatesUnited States United States
birthday 4th September 1966
place of birth Gainesville
size 170 cm
Weight 59 kg
discipline sprint
Best performance 49.40 s ( 400 m )
status resigned
End of career 2003
Medal table
Olympic games 2 × gold 1 × silver 0 × bronze
World championships 4 × gold 3 × silver 2 × bronze
Olympic rings Olympic games
silver Barcelona 1992 4 × 400 m
gold Atlanta 1996 4 × 400 m
gold Sydney 2000 4 × 400 m
IAAF logo World championships
silver Tokyo 1991 4 × 400 m
gold Stuttgart 1993 400 m
gold Stuttgart 1993 4 × 400 m
gold Gothenburg 1995 4 × 400 m
bronze Gothenburg 1995 400 m
silver Athens 1997 4 × 400 m
bronze Athens 1997 400 m
silver Seville 1999 4 × 400 m
gold Paris 2003 4 × 400 m

Jearl Miles Clark (born Jearl Atawa Miles ; born September 4, 1966 in Gainesville , Florida ) is an American athlete who was successful in both the 400 and 800 meters .

She had her first successes at US university championships in the mid-1980s. She first took part in the 1988 Olympic Games as a substitute runner for the 4-by-400-meter relay in Seoul in 1988 , but was not used. She had her first major international start at the World Athletics Championships in Tokyo in 1991 . She finished fifth over 400 meters and won the silver medal as a member of the US 4-by-400-meter relay.

In her second Olympic participation, in 1992 in Barcelona , she was eliminated in the semifinals over 400 meters and again won a silver medal with the 4 x 400 meter relay. A year later she became world champion over 400 meters at the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart with a time of 49.82 s. This was her personal best until 1997. At the 1995 World Championships in Gothenburg, she could not defend her title, but won the bronze medal in 50.00 s. At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, she again failed to win a medal and, like in Tokyo, was fifth over 400 meters. With the 4 x 400 meter relay, she became an Olympic champion.

In 1997 she won first at the World Indoor Championships in Paris over 400 meters and then in the summer season the US American championship over 400 meters in her personal best of 49.40 s, which is still in place today. At the 1997 World Championships in Athens, she won the bronze medal over 400 meters.

In 1998 she switched to the 800-meter course. First she won the US American indoor 400 meter championship and then the US American 800 meter championship in the outdoor season. She was able to repeat this title in 1999 and also started for the first time in a major international championship over 800 meters. At the 1999 World Championships in Seville, she immediately finished fourth. She continued to start with the 4 x 400 meter relay and won the silver medal here.

Her fourth Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000 were initially characterized by a fever. Over 800 meters she was therefore eliminated in the semifinals weakened. Nevertheless, she started as a starting runner in the 4 x 400 meter relay and was Olympic champion for the second time. In the post-Olympic season she was injured for a long time and could not start in the US championships. At the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton, she was nominated for the 4-by-400-meter relay, but this time only the fourth place remained for the US relay behind Jamaica , Germany and Russia .

In 2003 she was again the US American champion over 800 meters and won the gold medal with the 4 x 400 meter relay at the World Championships in Paris / Saint-Denis . Over 800 meters she was eliminated in the run-up to the world championships. In 2004 she won again the US trials for the Olympic Games in Athens over 800 meters and was sixth in the final of her fifth start at an Olympics.

Since 1999 she has been the US record holder over 800 meters with a time of 1: 56.40 minutes. Her US dominance on the 800 meter course later went to her sister-in-law Hazel Clark , who became US 800 meter champion in 2000 and 2005.

Jearl Miles Clark is 1.70 m tall and weighs 59 kg. She has been married to her trainer JJ Clark since November 30, 1996.

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