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Johnny Gray

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Inducted: 2008, athlete

Born: June 19, 1960

Events
800 m - 1:42.60


A four-time Olympian considered to be one of the finest 800m runners in U.S. history, Johnny Gray's best performance in Olympic competition was in 1992 in Barcelona, when he won the 800m bronze medal. A three-time U.S. World Outdoor Championships team member, Gray's best finish in that event was sixth in 1991. A seven-time U.S. 800m outdoor champion, Gray also won the 1986 USA Indoor 1,000y national title. He set the USA outdoor 800m record on five occasions and is the current record holder (1:42.60, 1985). Gray also set the USA 800m indoor record five different times, and set the current standard of 1:45.0 in 1992. He set the U.S. 1,000y indoor record in 1986 and was world ranked top ten 11 times. He was ranked #1 in the U.S. eight times by Track & Field News.

Records Held
American Record: 800 m - 1:43.74 (June 19, 1984 - )
American Record: 800 m - 1:43.28 (August 24, 1984 - )
American Record: 800 m - 1:43.28 (August 26, 1984 - )
American Record: 800 m - 1:42.96 (August 29, 1984 - )
American Record: 800 m - 1:42.60 (August 28, 1985 - )
American Record (indoor): 800 m - 1:45.64 (February 27, 1990 - )
American Record (indoor): 800 m - 1:45.08 (February 2, 1992 - )
American Record (indoor): 800 m - 1:44.40 (February 5, 1992 - )
American Record (indoor): 800 m - 1:45.00 (March 8, 1992 - )
American Record (indoor): 800 m - 1:45.58 (February 14, 1993 - )

Championships
1992 Olympic Games: 800 m - 1:43.97 (3rd)
1991 World Outdoor Championships: 800 m - 1:45.67 (6th)
1985 USA Outdoor Championships: 800 m - 1:44.01 (1st)
1986 USA Indoor Championships: 1,000 yd. - 2:04.52 (1st)
1986 USA Outdoor Championships: 800 m - 1:44.73 (1st)
1987 USA Outdoor Championships: 800 m - 1:45.15 (1st)
1992 USA Outdoor Championships: 800 m - 1:42.80 (1st)
1996 USA Outdoor Championships: 800 m - 1:44.00 (1st)

Education
high school: Crenshaw (Los Angeles, California), 1978
junior college: Santa Monica College

Occupations
Coach
Motivational Speaker

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