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JOHNNY GRAY
Event: 800 meters
Height: 6-4
Weight: 175
PR: 800m - 1:42.60 AR (1985)
Born: June 19, 1960, in Los Angeles, Calif.
Current Residence: Agoura Hills, Calif.
High School: Crenshaw HS, Los Angeles, '78
Colleges: Los Angeles CC '79; Santa Monica CC '80
Coach: Merle McGee
Agent: Joe Douglas
Club: Santa Monica TC

Career Highlights: 1992 Olympic bronze medalist; 4-time Olympian; 1987, 1999 Pan Am Games champion; 7-time U.S. Outdoor national champion; 3-time Olympic Trials champion. American record holder indoors (1:45.00) and outdoors (1:42.60).

From 1984 to 1997, Gray broke 1:45.0 every season - 14 straight. He originally went out for track at Crenshaw High to be a two miler. His high school coach Merle McGee thought he had better potential in the 800. McGee retired from coaching last year, but is now coaching Gray again in 2001. During his senior year in high school, he improved 15 seconds and won the L.A. city title. He has two sons, Johnny III (born 1983) and Jared Kyle (1985).

2001: Millrose Games champ (1:50.40).
2000: 6th in opening round at U.S. Olympic Trials... 7th at Prefontaine Classic (1:52.42)...12th at adidas Oregon Track Classic (1:52.82)...had a strong indoor season, winning two Golden Spike Tour Events - the adidas D.C. Invitational and the U.S. Air Force Millrose Games...placed 3rd at USA Indoors...dnf at Pontiac Grand Prix Invitational ...2000 marked the first time in 18 years that Gray was not ranked in the U.S. by Track & Field News...best of 1:49.10(indoors).
1999: Gold at Pan Am Games ... 4th at USA Outdoors...ranked #5 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 1:45.38.
1998: Troubled by a series of minor injuries...won Mt SAC Relays (1:46.15)...2nd in USA Outdoors (1:45.47)...5th at Goodwill Games (1:47.02)...ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 1:45.47.
1997: 5th in USA Outdoors (1:45.37)...3rd at Linz (1:44.56)...ranked #5 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 1:44.56.
1996: Won Olympic Trials (1:44.00)...7th in Olympic Games (1:44.21)...after the Games had surgery to correct acute tendinitis of the knee...in recovery, he began lifting weights for the first time in his career...ranked #9 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 1:43.93.
1995: Lost the early part of his season to anemia...ran season best 1:43.36 to win B race at Zurich's Weltklasse GP...ranked #10 in world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 1:43.36.
1994: Won Rome GP (1:43.73)...ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 1:43.73.
1993: 2nd at USA Outdoors (1:44.67)...8th in semis at World Champs (1:50.89)... ranked #2 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 1:44.03.
1992: Won Olympic Trials (1:42.80)...bronze at Olympic Games (1:43.97)...ranked #4 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN... best of 1:42.80.
1991: 3rd in USA Outdoors (1:44.83)...6th in World Championships (1:45.67)... ranked #9 in world (#3 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 1:43.84.
1990: 3rd in USA Outdoors...ranked #7 in world (#3 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 1:43.72, plus 3:42.43 (1500).
1989: Won USA Outdoors (1:46.17)...ranked #6 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN... best of 1:43.39.
1988: Won Olympic Trials...5th in Olympic Games (1:44.80)...ranked #2 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 1:42.65.
1987: Won USA Outdoors (1:45.15)...won gold at Pan Am Games (1:46.79)...8th in quarterfinals of World Champs (1:49.50)...ranked #1 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 1:44.09.
1986: Won USA Indoor 1000y (2:04.52)...won USA Outdoors (1:44.73)...ranked #3 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN... best of 1:43.46.
1985: Won USA Outdoors (1:45.01)...ranked #2 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN... best of 1:42.60.
1984:
2nd Olympic Trials (1:43.74)...7th Olympic Games (1:47.89)...ranked #5 in world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 1:42.96, plus 2:17.27 (1000m), 4:07.64 (mile)
1983: 5th in semis of USA Outdoors...ranked #7 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 1:45.50, plus 46.3 (400).
1982: 2nd in USA Outdoors...ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 1:45.41.
1981: Did not compete due to injury.
1980:
8th in Olympic Trials...ranked #10 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 1:47.06.
1979: 4th in USA Juniors...best of 1:49.39.
1978: best of 1:51.1
1977: best of 2:06.0y T&FN...best of 1:44.56.

5/23/01