Randy Williams

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Randy Williams
Randy Williams 1972.jpg
Randy Williams in 1972
Personal information
Born (1953-08-23) August 23, 1953 (age 61)
Fresno, California, United States
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 69 kg (152 lb)
Sport
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Sprint, long jump, triple jump
Club Tobias Striders
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 100 m – 10.34 (1977)
200 m – 21.15 (1983)
LJ – 8.34 m (1972)
TJ – 15.94 m (1971)

Randel Luvelle Williams (born August 23, 1953) is an American athlete. He mainly competed in the long jump, in which he won a gold medal at the 1972 Olympics and a silver in 1976.[1] His 1972 winning jump of 8.34 m (27–4½) set the world junior record that stood for almost 40 years until it was improved by 1 cm by Sergey Morgunov on June 20, 2012. At the time it was the longest standing record on the books.[2]

Williams attended the University of Southern California.[3] In high school, Williams attended Edison High School in Fresno. At the CIF California State Meet in 1969 he finished third, behind future rival James McAlister, in 1970 he finished second behind future NFL star, Lynn Swann and in 1971, he won the meet in what would have clearly been a meet record, had it not been wind aided.[4]

In 2009, Williams was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Randy Williams. sports-reference
  2. ^ Morgunov leaps 8.35m World junior record* in Cheboksary at the Wayback Machine (archived June 23, 2012). iaaf.org. June 21, 2012
  3. ^ USC OLYMPIANS: 1904–2004, USC Trojans Athletic Department, Accessed August 13, 2008.
  4. ^ "California State Meet Results – 1915 to present". Hank Lawson. Retrieved December 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Randy Williams". usatf.org. USA Track & Field, Inc. Retrieved May 17, 2009. 


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Norman Tate
Men's long jump best year performance
1972
Succeeded by
James McAlister