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WOMEN'S SPORTS HISTORY: NOTABLE T&F ATHLETES

WILMA RUDOLPH

1940 - 1994

First American woman to win three gold medals at a single Olympic Games (1960 Rome). READ MORE


RENEE RICHARDS

Born 1934

First transgender woman to play in a professional tennis tournament. (1977 U.S. Open). READ MORE


JEAN DRISCOLL

Born 1966

8-time winner of the Boston Marathon, 12-time Paralympic Games medallist. READ MORE


WILLYE WHITE

1939 - 2007

First American Track and Field athlete to compete in 5 U.S. Olympic Teams. She was a long jumper and sprinter. READ MORE


MARILYN BEVANS

Born 1949

First African-American woman to win a marathon (1975, Maryland). First African-American woman to medal at Boston (1977, second with 2:51:12). READ MORE


BABE DIDRIKSON ZAHARIAS

1911 - 1956

1932 Los Angeles Games medalist in the 80m hurdles, javelin and high jump; Golf Legend; Athletic prodigy. READ MORE


PATTI CATALANO DILLON

Born 1953

First American woman to break 2:30 in the marathon (1980 New York City Marathon). She also came in second in the Boston Marathon…three times in a row (1979-81). READ MORE


JACQUELINE HANSEN

Born 1948

First woman to run a marathon under 2 hrs 40 min. Leader in the movement to get women’s distance running events into the Olympics. READ MORE


BETTY ROBINSON

1911 - 1999

16 year old American who was the first woman to win T&F gold in the 100m dash at the 1928 Olympics, which was the first time women competed in T&F events. READ MORE


MADELINE MANNING MIMS

Born 1948

Only American woman to win the 800m in the Olympics (1968 Mexico City). Founder and president of the United States Council for Sports Chaplaincy. READ MORE


ELLA CHAFEE

1945 - 2019

Participated in three different Summer Paralympic Games (1964, 1968, and 1996) in a wide variety of events (swimming, fencing, basketball, and track), and went on to spend over 50 years contributing to the sport of wheelchair basketball. READ MORE


ALICE COACHMAN

1923 - 2014

First Black woman to win a gold medal at the Olympics (high jump, 1948 London). READ MORE


EARLENE BROWN

1935 - 1983

First American woman to medal in shot put (bronze in the 1960 Summer Games in Rome). READ MORE


WYOMIA TYUS

Born 1945

First person to retain the Olympic title in the 100m, winning first in 1964 (Tokyo) and again in 1968 (Mexico City). READ MORE


MIKI GORMAN

1935 - 2015

2-time winner of both the Boston and New York City Marathons, Master of Masters Running. READ MORE


DANA ZATOPKOVA

1922 - 2020

Javelin thrower for Czechoslovakia in four consecutive Olympic Games (1948-1960). READ MORE


ALICE MILLIAT

1884 - 1957

French athlete who founded the Fédération Sportive Féminine Internationale (FSFI) which established the Women’s Olympic Games. READ MORE


FRANCIE LARRIEU SMITH

Born 1952

Five-time Olympian — youngest American to run the 1500 (1972 Munich), oldest in any track and field event (1992 Barcelona). READ MORE


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