Wyomia Tyus was a graduate from Tennessee State University and the first woman to retain an Olympic title in the 100 meter plus the first person to win two consecutive gold medals in the 100 meter dash.

Tyus participated in the 1964 Summer Olympics at the tender age of 19. She tied Wilma Rudolph’s world record and defeated her main competition at the time in Edith McGuire, beating her by 0.2 seconds and winning the silver medal with the 4 x 100 meter relay team.

In her prime, Tyus won the gold medal in the 200 meter at the Pan American games. In 1968, she defended her title in the 100 meter and set a new world record of 11.08 to become the first woman to retain the Olympic 100 meter title. She also qualified for 200 meter final and finished in sixth place. Tyus went on to set a new world record with the relay team as they finished in first winning her third gold medal.

Tyus retired after the 1968 Olympics and was invited to compete in the 60-yard dash in the new professional International Track Association competitions. She was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall Of Fame and was one of the 11 athletes who helped carry the Olympic flag during the opening ceremony. In 1985, Tyus was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall Of Fame. She was honored with her own park in Griffin, Georgia named the Wyomia Tyus Olympic Park.

16 Oct 1964, Tokyo, Japan --- Original caption: America's Wyomia Tyus leads the girls as she races to cross finish line in the women's 100M dash in 11.4 seconds to win the gold medal. Second was America's Edith McGuire (2nd from front), while Poland's Ewa Klobukowska was third, and America's M. E. White (foreground) was fourth, all timed at 11.6 seconds. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

16 Oct 1964, Tokyo, Japan — Original caption: America’s Wyomia Tyus leads the girls as she races to cross finish line in the women’s 100M dash in 11.4 seconds to win the gold medal. Second was America’s Edith McGuire (2nd from front), while Poland’s Ewa Klobukowska was third, and America’s M. E. White (foreground) was fourth, all timed at 11.6 seconds. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

16 Oct 1964, Tokyo, Japan --- Original caption: 10/16/1964-Tokyo, Japan- America's Wyomia Tyus appears overjoyed after receiving her gold medal for the women's 100-meter dash in the Olympic Games. She won the event in 11.4 seconds. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

16 Oct 1964, Tokyo, Japan — Original caption: 10/16/1964-Tokyo, Japan- America’s Wyomia Tyus appears overjoyed after receiving her gold medal for the women’s 100-meter dash in the Olympic Games. She won the event in 11.4 seconds. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

01 Nov 1968, Griffin, Indiana, USA --- Original caption: At the young age of 23, Wyomia Tyus is the world's fastest woman. She has won two gold medals and one silver in two Olympics. Her most recent gold medal was won in Mexico where she covered 100 meters in a record 11 seconds flat. She packed her track shoes 10/31, packed her medals back into individual boxes and said she would "never again compete in the Olympics". With several jobs already offered her, it looks like complete retirement is not in the near future. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

01 Nov 1968, Griffin, Indiana, USA — Original caption: At the young age of 23, Wyomia Tyus is the world’s fastest woman. She has won two gold medals and one silver in two Olympics. Her most recent gold medal was won in Mexico where she covered 100 meters in a record 11 seconds flat. She packed her track shoes 10/31, packed her medals back into individual boxes and said she would “never again compete in the Olympics”. With several jobs
already offered her, it looks like complete retirement is not in the near future. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS