Dennis Mitchell

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Dennis Allen Mitchell (born February 20, 1966) is a former American college and international track and field athlete, whose team won the gold medal in the 4 x 100 meters relay race at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Athletic career

Mitchell was born in Havelock, North Carolina. He received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he ran for the Florida Gators track and field team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 1986 to 1989. At Florida, Mitchell was coached by Joe Walker (now at Ole Miss). Mitchell placed fourth in the 100 meters race at the 1988 Summer Olympics and missed a probable gold medal in the 4x100-meters relay race, because the American team was disqualified in the early heats, after the baton pass between teammates Calvin Smith and Lee McNeill was completed outside the exchange zone. In 1989, Mitchell won the NCAA championships in 200-meter race, and he was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 2005.

In 1991, just a month before the World Championships, Mitchell set his first world record in the 4x100-meters relay of 37.67 at Z├╝rich. At the World Championships, Mitchell was again a member of the American 4 x 100 meters relay team, in which he set a new...
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