Isabelle Daniels

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Isabelle Daniels
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Full name Isabelle Frances Daniels
Born July 31, 1937 (1937-07-31) (age 77)
Jakin, Georgia, U.S.

Isabelle Frances Daniels (married Holston; born July 31, 1937 in Jakin, Georgia) is an American athlete, who mainly competed in the 100 metres.

Daniels attended Tennessee State University, where she was part of their AAU champion relay team for 5 years. She took the silver in the 60 meters at the 1955 Pan American Games and was on the winning relay team. She competed for the United States in the 1956 Summer Olympics held in Melbourne, Australia, where she won the bronze medal in the 4 x 100 metres with her team mates Mae Faggs, Margaret Matthews and Wilma Rudolph, in a race where all three teams beat the existing world record. She was initially placed third in the 100 meters, but was moved to fourth after photos of the finish were examined.

In 1958 she participated in a goodwill tour of the USSR and Europe.

She worked for many years as a physical education teacher and coach in Georgia, where she received numerous awards, including 1990 National Coach of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association. In 1987 she was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.[1] In 1992 she was honored as the All-State Role Model; a documentary on her life was produced and broadcast in the halftime of the Georgia high school all-stars basketball game. She was also listed on a 1992 "Coaches Care Honor Roll" sponsored by Gatorade. In March 2006 she was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Bob Hayes Invitational Track Meet in Jackonville, Florida.

She is married to Rev. Sidney R. Holston; the couple have four children.[2]


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