John Smith (sprinter)

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John Smith
John Smith (b1950).jpg
Personal information
Born (1950-08-05) August 5, 1950 (age 66)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Sport
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Sprint, long jump
Club Southern California Striders
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 100 y – 9.4 (1971)
220 y – 20.7 (1970)
400 m – 44.2 (1971)
LJ – 7.43 m (1968)[1][2]

John Walton Smith (born August 5, 1950) is a former American athlete, who competed in the sprints events during his career. He is best known for winning the 400 m event at the 1971 Pan American Games. He remains the world record holder for the 440 yard dash at 44.5 seconds.[3] He set the record while winning the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on June 26, 1971 while running for the Southern California Striders.[4] The record has stood since then due to metrification in the sport. Contemporary athletes rarely run or are timed officially for the extra 2.34 meters to equal 440 yards.

Smith came as a favorite to the 1972 Summer Olympics, but injured a hamstring in the 400 m final and failed to finish the race.[1]

After retiring from competition, he became a sprint coach, training Maurice Greene and Ato Boldon amongst others. At the time, his team called HSI[5] (standing for Hudson Smith International) was the top sprint team in the world.[3][6] He now coaches Carmelita Jeter,[7] who holds the second fastest 100 m time after Florence Griffith-Joyner. He also coaches Norwegian sprinter Jaysuma Saidy Ndure, Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare, Commonwealth Games Champion, and English Gardner, NCAA Champion at Oregon and US Outdoor Champion.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b John Smith. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ John Smith. trackfield.brinkster.net
  3. ^ a b John Smith. UCLA
  4. ^ USA Track & Field - USA Outdoor Track & Field Champions. Usatf.org. Retrieved on 2016-07-15.
  5. ^ HSI John Smith Drills Session with Jon Drummond. Speedendurance.com (2008-01-12). Retrieved on 2016-07-15.
  6. ^ Layden, Tim. Ace of Clubs. hsi.net
  7. ^ Video on YouTube