Kim Turner

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Kim Turner
Personal information
BornMarch 21, 1961 (1961-03-21) (age 58)
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.

Kimberly "Kim" Seals (née Turner, formerly McKenzie, born March 21, 1961)[1] is an American former athlete who competed mainly in the 100 meter hurdles. She won the 1984 US Olympic trials and went on to win a bronze medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. She also won the 1988 US national title.

Career[edit]

Turner was born in Birmingham, Alabama. While at Mumford High School in Detroit, Michigan she set the still standing NFHS national high school record in the 110 yard hurdles at 13.6. The federation converted record-keeping to metric distances shortly afterward.[2]

As Kim Turner, she won the 100m hurdles at the 1984 US Olympic trials, running 13.12 seconds to win one of the closest races in history, as Benita Fitzgerald-Brown (2nd), Pam Page (3rd) and Stephanie Hightower (4th) all ran 13.13 secs. Two months later at the Los Angeles Olympics, she was again involved in a photo-finish, this time tying for the bronze medal with Michèle Chardonnet of France in 13.06, in a race won by Fitzgerald-Brown with Great Britain's Shirley Strong second.[3]

Competing as Kim McKenzie, she won the 100m hurdles at the US Championships in June 1988, edging Benita Fitzgerald-Brown 12.84 to 12.85. A month later, she finished fifth in the 100m hurdles final at the US Olympic trials in 13.01 seconds. She finished fourth in the 60m hurdles final at the 1989 IAAF World Indoor Championships in 7.92 secs, and seventh in the final at the 1991 IAAF World Indoor Championships in 8.05 secs.

At the 1992 US Olympic trials, she failed to make the 100m hurdles final, finishing sixth in her semifinal in 13.28 secs. Three months later, she finished fifth at the 1992 IAAF World Cup, running 13.36. After her track career, she was the track and cross country coach at the Alabama A&M University for almost 20 years (1996–2015).

Competition record[edit]

Note: In 1984 and 1988 the US Olympic Trials were a separate event from the National Championships.

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  United States
1983 Pan American Games Caracas, Venezuela 2nd 100 m hurdles 13.39
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States =3rd 100 m hurdles 13.06
1989 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 4th 60 m hurdles 7.92
1991 World Indoor Championships Seville, Spain 7th 60 m hurdles 8.05
1992 World Cup Havana, Cuba 5th 100 m hurdles 13.36
National Championships/Trials
1984 US Olympic Trials Los Angeles, California 1st 100 m hurdles 13.12
1988 US Championships Tampa, Florida 1st 100 m hurdles 12.84
US Olympic Trials Indianapolis, Indiana 5th 100 m hurdles 13.01
1989 US Indoor Championships New York City, New York 1st 55 m hurdles 7.39
US Championships Houston, Texas 2nd 100 m hurdles 12.91
1990 US Championships Norwalk, California 6th 100 m hurdles 13.38
1991 US Indoor Championships New York City, New York 1st 60 m hurdles 8.12
US Championships New York City, New York 7th 100 m hurdles 13.23
1992 US Championships/Olympic Trials New Orleans, Louisiana 12th (sf) 100 m hurdles 13.28

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seals not returning as track/cross country coach". Alabama A & M Athletics. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-09-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) National High School Record Book
  3. ^ Olympic results