Maurice Peoples

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Maurice Peoples
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Born December 17, 1950 (1950-12-17) (age 66)

Maurice Peoples (born December 17, 1950) is an American former sprinter.[1]


He was two time American champion in the 400 metres and had the dubious distinction of being selected to the 1972 United States Olympic Team as one of the 6 members of the 4x400 metres relay team,[2] but never got onto the track because three of his teammates were unable to compete. John Smith had pulled his hamstring in the 400 metres final, while medalists Vince Matthews and Wayne Collett were sent home by a sensitive Olympic Committee after they appeared inattentive at the medal ceremony.[3][4]

Peoples went to G. A. R. Memorial Junior Senior High School in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where he was the 1968 and 1969 state champion in the Triple jump, coached by longtime coach Vince Wojnar.[5] Peoples next went to Arizona State University where he is still ranked second in the 400m on their all-time list, behind 1968 Olympian Ron Freeman.[6]

Peoples is an ordained minister and coached for 35 years. He is one of the authors of Sprint Secrets[7]