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.