Barbara Jones (athlete)

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Barbara Jones
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Born March 26, 1937 (1937-03-26) (age 78)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Barbara Pearl Jones (later Slater, born March 26, 1937) is a retired American athlete, who competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics and in the 1960 Summer Olympics.

She lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

Jones competed for the United States at the 1952 Summer Olympics held in Helsinki, Finland, where she won the gold medal in the 4 x 100 m relay with her teammates Mae Faggs, Janet Moreau and Catherine Hardy. Jones is the youngest female to win an Olympic gold medal in track & field at 15 years 123 days.[1][2]

She missed the following Olympics, but returned in the 1960 Summer Olympics held in Rome, Italy in the 4 x 100 meters, where she again won the gold medal with her teammates Martha Hudson, Lucinda Williams and Olympic 100 and 200 meters champion Wilma Rudolph. She attended Tennessee State University.