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WYOMIA TYUS SPRINTS (Inducted 1980)

Born August 29, 1945, Griffin, Ga.

Wyomia Tyus, another product of Tennessee State University, won three Olympic gold medals but her greatest claim to fame was being the first woman to win two-straight Olympic 100-meter titles.

Tyus won her first 100 title at Tokyo in 1964, also getting a silver medal by running on the second-place 4 x 100-meter relay. She repeated in the 100 at Mexico City in 1968 and added a gold medal in the 4 x 100 relay, also getting sixth in the 200. In between her Olympic victories, she also won the 200 at the 1967 Pan-American Games. The holder of world records at both 100 yards and 100 meters, she won eight National AAU titles, five of them outdoors. Elected to U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1985.

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