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Gwen Torrence

American athlete Gwen Torrence was born on June 12, 1965. At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, she won a gold medal in the 200-meter dash.

Gwen was born in Decatur, Georgia United States, she attended Columbia High School then University of Georgia.

She has won medals at nearly every major athletics competition to include, Summer Olympics, Outdoor & Indoor World Championships, Pan American Games, Goodwill Games, and World University Games.

In her era Gwen won more Olympic and World Championship medals than any other athlete ever had. Her tally of golds would have improved had she been awarded those in which she had finished second to East German, Katrin Krabbe who later tested positive for clenbuteral.

In 1988 Gwen achieved, one of those rare occasions in athletics, a tie with Evelyn Ashford in the 55 m. race at the national indoor championships. She also had many battles both on the track and in the press with team-mate Florence Griffith Joyner.

In the 200 m. at the 1995 World Championships she was disqualified, after convincingly beating the field, for stepping out of her lane which left her idol Merlene Ottey to be promoted to first place.



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