Pauline Davis-Thompson

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Pauline Davis-Thompson
Personal information
Born (1966-07-09) July 9, 1966 (age 48)

Pauline Davis-Thompson (born July 9, 1966) is a former Bahamian sprinter of Jamaican descent. She competed at five Olympics, a rarity for a track and field athlete. She won her first medal at her fourth Olympics and her first gold medals at her fifth Olympics (Sydney 2000) at age 34 in the 4x100m Relay and, after Marion Jones' belated disqualification nine years later, in the 200m.


In 1984, she was awarded the Austin Sealy Trophy for the most outstanding athlete of the 1984 CARIFTA Games.[1][2]

Her first high profile success came in 1989 when she became the NCAA National Champion in the 200-meter dash while setting a collegiate national record as a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide team at the University of Alabama. Then in 1995, she won the silver medal in the 200 metres at the IAAF World Indoor Championships and won another silver, this time in the 400 metres, at the 1995 World Championships in Athletics.

She ran at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics the following year and although she narrowly missed out on a medal in the 400 m, she helped the Bahamian team to a silver medal in the 4 x 100 metres relay. She suffered a dip in form in 1997 – she made both the 400 m and 100 m relay finals but failed to win a medal in either event. She received her first World Championships gold medal two years later, in 1999, aiding the Bahamian relay team to victory.

She won a gold medal in both the 200 metres and the 4x100 m relay at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. She originally finished in second place in the women's 200 m behind Marion Jones, but in October 2007 Jones admitted taking performance enhancing drugs and was stripped of the title. On December 9, 2009, Davis-Thompson was finally awarded the gold medal.[3]

After her track career, she went into athletics administration, being elected to the IAAF council in 2007.[4]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Jamaican Olympic hurdler (1992) Mark Thompson.[5]

As a teenager, she had to constantly wear a sports bra to deal with her unoptimal physique at the time.[6]

Personal bests[edit]

Date Event Venue Time
July 21, 2000 100 m Nassau, Bahamas 10.97
September 28, 2000 200 m Sydney 22.27
July 29, 1996 400 m Atlanta 49.28


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Bahamas
1982 CARIFTA Games (U-17) Kingston, Jamaica 2nd 100 m 12.19
2nd 200 m 25.1
Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-17) Bridgetown, Barbados 1st 100 m 11.89
1st 200 m 23.90
1st 400 m 55.90
1st Long jump 5.22 m
1983 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Fort-de-France, Martinique 2nd 100 m 11.69
1st 200 m 23.57
1990 Commonwealth Games Auckland, New Zealand 3rd 100 m
3rd 200 m
1991 IAAF World Indoor Championships Sevilla 5th 60 m
IAAF World Championships Tokyo 7th 200 m
1993 IAAF / Mobil Grand Prix Stuttgart 8th 100 m
1994 IAAF / Mobil Grand Prix Paris 7th 400 m
1995 IAAF World Indoor Championships Barcelona 2nd 200 m
IAAF World Championships Goteborg 2nd 400 m
4th 4x100 m Relay
1996 1996 Summer Olympics Atlanta 4th 400 m
2nd 4x100 m Relay
1997 IAAF World Championships Athens 7th 400 m
6th 4x100 m Relay
1998 IAAF Golden League / Grand Prix Final Moscow 8th 400 m
1999 IAAF World Indoor Championships Maebashi 3rd 200 m
IAAF World Championships Sevilla 1st 4x100 m Relay
2000 2000 Summer Olympics Sydney 1st 200 m
1st 4x100 m Relay


  1. ^ Carifta Games Magazine, Part 2, Carifta Games 2011, retrieved Oct 12, 2011 
  2. ^ Carifta Games Magazine, Part 3, Carifta Games 2011, retrieved Oct 12, 2011 
  3. ^ BBC (December 8, 2009). "Katerina Thanou denied Marion Jones' Olympic 100m gold". Retrieved December 8, 2009. 
  4. ^ Congratulations Pauline! - Five Olympic champions now in IAAF Council. IAAF (2009-12-11). Retrieved on 2009-12-12.
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External links[edit]

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Frank Rutherford
Flagbearer for  Bahamas
Sydney 2000
Succeeded by
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie