|Competitor for the United States|
|Gold||1964 Tokyo||100 metres|
|Gold||1968 Mexico City||100 metres|
|Gold||1968 Mexico City||4x100 metres relay|
|Silver||1964 Tokyo||4x100 metres relay|
|Pan American Games|
|Gold||1967 Winnipeg||200 metres|
Tyus, from Tennessee State University, participated in the 1964 Summer Olympics at age 19. In the heats of the event, she equaled Wilma Rudolph's world record, propelling her to a favored position for the final, where her main rival was fellow American Edith McGuire. Tyus won the final, beating McGuire by 0.2 seconds. At the same Olympics, she also won a silver medal with the 4 x 100 m relay team, finishing only behind Poland.
The following years, Tyus won numerous national championships in the sprint events, and a gold medal in the 200 m at the Pan-American Games. In 1968, she returned to the Olympics to defend her title in the 100 m. In the final, she set a new world record of 11.08 to become the first woman to retain the Olympic 100 m title. Tyus also qualified for the 200 m final, in which she finished sixth. Running the final leg for the relay team, Tyus helped setting a new world record, winning her third gold medal.
Tyus retired from amateur sports after the 1968 Olympics.
In 1973 she was invited to compete in the 60-yard dash in the new Professional International Track Association competitions. In her first-year return, she won eight of eighteen events. The following year, she won every event she entered, a total of twenty-two races. Tyus went on to coach at Beverly Hills High School, and was a founding member of the Women's Sports Foundation.
During the Richard Dawson era of Family Feud, Tyus appeared with her family. They won the $5,000 prize. In 1980, Tyus was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame. In 1985, she was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.
- Tigerbelles Olympic Tradition
- Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
- Olympic Anthem Los Angeles 1984 Opening Ceremony on YouTube
- Retains Olympic 100m on YouTube
R. Malcolm Graham
Robert A. Griese
James R. Lynch
Alan C. Page
Ricardo M. Urbina
|Silver Anniversary Awards (NCAA)
Class of 1993
Donna A. Lopiano
Donald A. Schollander
William C. Hurd
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