June 11, 1935 – May 1983) was a U.S. African American
athlete notable for her careers in the sports of track and field
and roller games
. Brown was born in Laredo, Texas
Track and Field Career
Her events of choice were the shot put
throwing. Considered one of the greatest American women throwers of all times, Earlene Brown finished in the top ten in the shot put and discus in the 1956 Summer Olympics
in Melbourne, Australia
, setting American records in both events.
Brown was an eight-time (1956–1962 and 1964) and three-time (1958, 1959 and 1961) national champion in the shot put and discus, respectively. In 1958, she received the #1 world ranking and became the first American to break the 50-foot barrier in the shot put. In 1959, she won gold medals in both the shot put and discus events at the Pan American Games
Undoubtedly, the highlight of Brown's track and field career came in 1960, when she won a bronze medal for her shot put performance (16.42 m) at the Summer Olympics in Rome. After a subpar performance in the 1964 Summer Olympics
, Brown retired from track and field competition.
On December 1, 2005, Earlene Brown was posthumously inducted in the National Track and Field Hall of Fame
by the USA Track and Field
(USATF) during the Jesse Owens Awards
and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held in Jacksonville, Florida
(2005-11-03). Retrieved on 2009-11-21.
Roller Games Career
After a successful... Read More