Kirk Baptiste

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Kirk Baptiste
Personal information
BornJune 20, 1962 (1962-06-20)
Beaumont, Texas, U.S.
DiedMarch 24, 2022 (2022-03-25) (aged 59)
Country United States
College teamHouston
ClubAthletics West
Santa Monica Track Club
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1984 Los Angeles 200 metres
World Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 1987 Indianapolis 200 metres

Kirk Baptiste (June 20, 1962 – March 24, 2022) was an American track and field athlete, who mainly competed in the 200 metres. He was born in Beaumont, Texas. He competed for the United States at the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, United States, where he won the silver medal in the 200 metres with a time of 19.96 seconds. This was the first time anyone had broken 20 seconds and come second in the race. He decided to forgo his final season of eligibility at the University of Houston after his successful junior year.[1] Baptiste was diagnosed with HIV in the 1990s, spending a decade abusing drugs to escape. In 2006 he began treatment at "A Caring Safe Place" in Houston.[2]


  1. ^ "Two-time NCAA 200-meter track champion Kirk Baptiste has decided..." United Press International. August 14, 1985. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 24, 2022. Retrieved November 9, 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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