Linetta Wilson

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Linetta Wilson
Medal record
Women's athletics
Olympic Games
Gold 1996 Atlanta 4x400 m relay

Linetta Wilson (born October 11, 1967 in Pasadena, California) was a 1996 Olympic gold medalist in the women's 4x400 meter relay for the United States. She competed in the opening round with Rochelle Stevens, Kim Graham, and Maicel Malone and was replaced by Jearl Miles in the Final.[1]

Wilson grew up in Pasadena, attending Muir High School. She twice placed second to Chewuakii "Choo Choo" Knighten in the CIF State Championships in a still standing fastest non-winning time,[2] YouTube video of 1985 race. She also excelled in hurdles, placing in the state meet twice. She is a member of team that may become the permanent 4x100 meter shuttle hurdle relay (30") High School Recordholders—the official height of the hurdles has been changed.[3]

She continued to the University of Nebraska where she won an Indoor and Outdoor NCAA National Championship and was on three of their Big 8 Championship teams.[4] Her Indoor Championship in the 500 meters set a new National Record and narrowly missed the World Record at the time.[5] During that period, Wilson was Nationally ranked in the 400 meter hurdles three times.[6] After Nebraska she competed for the Los Angeles area South Bay Track Club.

She set her Personal Record in the 400 meters of 51.02 during the semi-final of the 1996 Olympic Trials.[7]

In 2000, Wilson was convicted of sending prescription medicine through the mail and was sentenced to a year in jail.[8] She returned to competition and competed as late as 2005.[9]

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Linetta Wilson profile at IAAF