Full Name: Wilma Glodean Rudolph
Date of Birth: 23 rd June, 1940
Died on: 12 th November, 1994
Country: The United States of America
Sport involved in: Athletics
Winner of bronze medal in the 4x100 meter relay event at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games
Winner of gold medals in the 100 meter sprint, 200 meter sprint and 4x100 meter relay events at the 1960 Rome Summer Games
Received the James E. Sullivan Award in 1961
Career: Wilma Rudolph wanted to make her career as an athlete. She played basketball in her school days. At the age of 16, Rudolph participated in the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games . In the Games, she won one bronze medal in the 4x100 meter relay event. Rudolph set a world record in the 200meter sprint event in 1960. During the 1960 U.S. Championships, she finished the race in just 22.9 seconds. In her second appearance at the 1960 Rome Olympics , Rudolph won three gold medals in various track and field events. She also received the James E. Sullivan Award in 1961. Wilma Rudolph retired from the track in 1962.The great athlete died on 12 th November in 1994. In 2004, Rudolph was featured in a 23cent postage stamp in the United States of America.
Performance at the Olympics: Wilma Rudolph participated at the Olympics for the first time when she was only 16 years old. In the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games , Rudolph was a member of the 4x100 meter relay team. In the competition, her team won bronze medal. In the 1960 Rome Summer Games , Rudolph won three gold medals in the 100 meter and 200 meter sprint events and the 4x100 meter relay event. During the semifinal of the 100 meter sprint competition, she leveled the world record in the event with 11.3 seconds. In the final race Rudolph reached the finishing line in 11.0 seconds and won the race with a winning margin of three meters. She won her second Olympic gold medal in the 200 meter sprint event. In the 4x100 meter relay event, the U.S. team won the race and Rudolph earned her third Olympic title. In the semifinal of the 4x100 meter relay event, Rudolph's team set a world record timing of 44.4 seconds.