Calvin Smith

Calvin Smith

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Calvin Smith

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Calvin Smith (born January 8, 1961) is a former sprint track and field athlete from the United States. He is a former World Record holder in the 100 metre sprint, and was twice World Champion over 200 metres. He was born in Bolton, Mississippi.

Smith was one of the best sprinters in the world in the 1980s, though for most of his career Smith, who was a quiet and unassuming character, ran in the shadow of the more charismatic American sprinting great Carl Lewis.


Smith had a dazzling collegiate career at the University of Alabama. Smith set the 100 metre world record on July 3, 1983, at Colorado Springs, with a run of 9.93 seconds. In doing so, he broke the previous record set by Jim Hines, which had lasted for almost 15 years. (Both Hines' and Smith's records were set at high altitude.)

At the inaugural Athletics World Championships in 1983, Smith claimed Gold Medals in the 200 m and the 4 x 100 m relay (which the US won in World Record time), as well as a Silver Medal behind Lewis in the 100 m.

1983 also saw Smith become the first athlete to run under 10 seconds (9.97) for the 100 m and under 20 seconds (19.99) for the 200 m in the same evening in Zurich, Switzerland.

At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Smith won a gold Medal as part of the US 4 x 100 m relay team, again establishing a new World Record in this event.

At the 1987 World Championships, Smith successfully defended his 200 m Gold. (At that time, the World Championships were held once every four...
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