American athlete born on April 15, 1957. Evelyn Ashford was one of the best sprinters of all time, getting to keep performance high over an unusually long career. He made his debut in the Olympic Games in Montreal with a fifth place in the final of 100 m smooth. He jumped to first place in the panorama of the female speed with their triumphs over the East German Marlies Göhr and Marita Koch in the 1979 World Cup, which was the start of a great rivalry in which, however, the contenders faced just directly. Unable to take part in the Moscow Games (1980) by the U.S. boycott, he broke the record of the world's 100 m (10.79), but an injury prevented him from facing Gohr in the World Championships that year. Olympic champion in the 100 and 4 x 100 m in Los Angeles (1984), without the Eastern German liza, and mother of a child the following year, defeated in 1986, for the first time in seven years, with new record world (10.76) Gohr. It was silver in the 100 m and gold in the 4 x 100 in Seoul (1988), retiring with a new gold in the 4 x 100 in Barcelona (1992).
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