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Gail Devers

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Inducted: 2011, athlete

Born: November 19, 1966 - Seattle, Washington

Events
60 m - 6.95
60 m hurdles - 7.74
100 m - 10.82
100 m hurdles - 12.33


The career of Gail Devers was one of perseverance and dominance in women’s track and field. A career that saw her compete until the age of 40, Devers is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and 13-time World Indoor and Outdoor medalist. In 1991, near the beginning of her career, Devers was diagnosed with Graves Disease and began radiation treatment as doctors threatened to amputate her feet. Devers recovered to become one of the most dominant sprinters and hurdlers of her time. She won the 1992 Olympic gold medal in the 100m along with gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m in 1996. At the World Outdoor Championships she won three gold medals in the 100m hurdles (‘93, ‘95, ‘99) along with a gold medal in the 100m in 1993 and 4x100m in 1997. She won World Indoor Championships gold three times in the 60m (‘93, ‘97, ‘04) and one in the 60m hurdles (‘03). In 2007, at the age of 40, Devers won the 60m hurdles at the Millrose Games in 7.86 seconds, which was the fastest time in the world that year. A 10-time USA Outdoor 100m hurdles champion, she is a two-time winner of the ESPY for Women’s Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

Records Held
American Record (indoor): 60 m - 7.06 (March 9, 1997 - )
American Record: 100 m hurdles - 12.33 (July 23, 2000 - )

Championships
1992 Olympic Games: 100 m - 10.82 (1st)
1992 Olympic Games: 100 m hurdles - 12.75 (4th)
1996 Olympic Games: 100 m relay - 41.95 (1st)
1996 Olympic Games: 100 m - 10.94 (1st)
1996 Olympic Games: 100 m hurdles - 12.66 (4th)
1996 Olympic Trials: 100 m hurdles - 12.62 (1st)
2000 Olympic Trials: 100 m hurdles - 12.55 (1st)
2004 Olympic Trials: 100 m hurdles - 12.55 (1st)
1991 World Outdoor Championships: 100 m hurdles - 12.63 (2nd)
1993 World Indoor Championships: 60 m - 6.95 (1st)
1993 World Outdoor Championships: 100 m hurdles - 12.46 (1st)
1993 World Outdoor Championships: 100 m - 10.82 (1st)
1993 World Outdoor Championships: 100 m relay - 41.49 (2nd)
1995 World Outdoor Championships: 100 m hurdles - 12.68 (1st)
1997 World Indoor Championships: 60 m - 7.06 (1st)
1997 World Indoor Championships: 60 m - 7.06 (1st)
1997 World Outdoor Championships: 100 m relay - 41.47 (1st)
1997 World Outdoor Championships: 100 m relay - 41.47 (1st)
1999 World Indoor Championships: 60 m - 7.02 (2nd)
1999 World Outdoor Championships: 100 m hurdles - 12.37 (1st)
1999 World Outdoor Championships: 100 m relay - 42.30 (4th)
1999 World Outdoor Championships: 100 m - 10.95 (5th)
2001 World Outdoor Championships: 100 m hurdles - 12.54 (2nd)
2003 World Indoor Championships: 60 m hurdles - 7.81 (1st)
2003 World Outdoor Championships: 100 m - 11.11 (7th)
2004 World Indoor Championships: 60 m - 7.08 (1st)
2004 World Indoor Championships: 60 m hurdles - 7.78 (2nd)
1997 USA Indoor Championships: 60 m - 7.00 (1st)
1999 USA Indoor Championships: 60 m - 7.04 (1st)
1999 USA Outdoor Championships: 100 m hurdles - 12.54 (1st)
2001 USA Outdoor Championships: 100 m hurdles - 12.91 (1st)
2002 USA Outdoor Championships: 100 m hurdles - 12.51 (1st)
2003 USA Indoor Championships: 60 m hurdles - 7.85 (1st)
2003 USA Outdoor Championships: 100 m hurdles - 12.61 (1st)
2004 USA Indoor Championships: 60 m - 7.21 (1st)
2004 USA Indoor Championships: 60 m hurdles - 7.81 (1st)

Education
high school: Sweetwater High School (National City, California), 1984
undergraduate: UCLA (Los Angeles, California), 1989

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