Edith McGuire

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Edith McGuire
Edith McGuire 1964b.jpg
Edith McGuire at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Full name Edith Marie McGuire
Born June 3, 1944 (1944-06-03) (age 74)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 59 kg (130 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Sprint, long jump
Club TSU Tigers, Nashville
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 100 m – 11.47 (1964)
200 m – 23.05 (1964)
LJ – 5.91 m (1961)

Edith Marie McGuire (born June 3, 1944), later known as Edith McGuire Duvall, is an American former sprinter.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, McGuire ran for Tennessee State University. TSU had a very successful women's sprinting team, The Tigerbelles, in the 1960s, including triple Olympic champions Wilma Rudolph, Wyomia Tyus, and McGuire.

Although McGuire's running career was short, she won six AAU titles, in three different events. Her specialty, however, was the 200 m/220 y, in which she won four of her six national titles. In 1964, she was undefeated in her favorite event, and went to Tokyo as the main contender for the 200 m gold medal at the 1964 Summer Olympics.

McGuire first competed in the 100 m in Japan, and lost out in the final to teammate Tyus. But in the 200 m final, she held off Poland's Irena Kirszenstein to take the gold medal. She added a third medal to her tally as a member of the American 4×100 m relay team, which placed second to Poland.

Edith McGuire ended her athletics career in 1965, and became a teacher. In 1980 she was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.[1] At present, she owns a number of fast food restaurants in Oakland, California together with her husband Charles Duvall.


  1. ^ "Edith McGuire Duvall" (PDF). Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. Archived (PDF) from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2017.

External links

  • Georgia Encyclopedia
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Edith McGuire". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2009-09-23.
  • USA Track and Field: Hall of Fame: Edith McGuire
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