Flo Jo

October 2, 2017 Sports

Florence Griffith-Joyner who is also known as Flo Jo was born on December 21, 1959. She was an Afrivan American track and field athlete. She is is considered to be the fastest women of all times because she still holds the world record for both the 100 and 200 meter. Flo Jo was born in Los in Angeles. During the late 1980s she became popular in International track because of her record- setting performances and also because of her flashy personal style. She was the wife of Al Joyner who was a triple jumper and also the sister-in -law of long jumper Jackie Joyner -Kersee.

Griffith finished fourth in the 200 meter at the inaugural World Champion in 1983. IIn 1985 she won the final of the Grand Pix with 11. 00 seconds. After the Olympics she married Olympic triple jumpe Champion Al Joyner in 1987. Returning at the 1987 World Champions , She finished in second in the 200 meter. She ran a 100 meter World Record at 10. 49 in the quarter-finals of the US Olympic Trials. Sources say thy that the time was very wind assisted. Outside this race , Griffith_joyners fastest time without wind assistance was 10. 61 seconds , which would give her the world record anyway.

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In the 100 m final, she ran a wind-assisted 10. 54, beating her rival Evelyn Ashfrd broke that record again winning the final by 0. 4 seconds with a time of 21. 34. She also ran in the 4 x 100 m and 4 x 400 m relay teams. She won a gold medal in the former event, and a silver in the latter. Her effort in the 100 m was ranked 98th in British TV Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Sporting Moments in 2002. She was the 1988 recipient of the James E. Sullivan award as the top amateur athlete in the United States. Griffith- Joyner retired from competitive sports shortly afterwards.

Among the things she did away from the track was design the basketball uniforms for the Indiana Pacers in 1989. On September 21, 1998 she died in her sleep at the age of 38. The cause of her death was because of suffocation during a severe epileptic seizure. She was also found to have had a cavernous angioma, which is a brain abnormality . Aside from her world records she was dogged by rumors of drug use. Griffith was tested during competitions and never failed any drug tests. Overall Flo Jo was a great Athlete and i admire her for her world records.


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