Chi Cheng (athlete)
|Bronze||1968 Mexico City||80 m hurdles|
|Gold||1970 Bangkok||100 m|
|Chi Cheng (athlete)|
Chi studied on the college level at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) in Pomona, California, where she received most of her athletic training. As a student there, she won four U.S. national championships and over a two-year period was the winner of 153 of the 154 events she entered. Representing the Republic of China (as Taiwan), she won the bronze medal in the women's 80-meter hurdles in the 1968 Summer Olympics. In 1969 she broke three world records. In 1970, she broke or tied three world records, accomplishing this feat in the space of just one week. She was first woman to run 10.0 second for 100 yards. She won the gold medal in the 100 metres at the Asian Games in Bangkok in a games record time. For her achievement, Chi Cheng was named the Associated Press Athlete of the Year. Also, she became the Director of Women's Athletics at the University of Redlands, California, from 1974 to 1976.
Chi naturalised as a U.S. citizen, but later returned to her native Taiwan. She was appointed the Secretary-General of the Republic of China Track and Field Association in 1977. Subsequently, she was Chairman until 1993 and Board Member from 1998 to 1999. Chi won three terms as a member of the Legislative Yuan, serving from 1980 to 1989. She was appointed a National Policy Advisor by President Ma Ying-jeou in 2009, which required her to renounce her U.S. citizenship in order to take the position.
|Women's 100m Hurdles Best Year Performance