|Full name||Tonja Yvette Buford-Bailey|
|Born||December 13, 1970 (age 51)|
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
Tonja Yvette Buford-Bailey (born December 13, 1970, in Dayton, Ohio) is an American former athlete who competed mainly in the 400 meter hurdles. She competed as Tonja Buford until marrying Victor Bailey on October 28, 1995. In 1982, when she was 12 years old, she met former track runner Wilma Rudolph. She attended Meadowdale High School in Dayton and the University of Illinois.
Her best result came in the 1995 World Championships held in Gothenburg, Sweden where she won the silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles, losing to compatriot Kim Batten by only 0.01 seconds. With times of 52.61 and 52.62, both athletes went under Sally Gunnell's old world record of 52.74 from the previous edition of the World Championships. That time would remain Buford's personal best, and is still the ninth quickest of all time.
The following year, she competed for the United States in the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta, U.S., where she won the bronze medal in the 400 meter hurdles behind Jamaica's Deon Hemmings and Batten.
Buford-Bailey is the men and women's track and field Sprint and Relay coach at the University of Texas, Austin, beginning in June 2013. Buford-Bailey was the head women's track and field coach at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has two children and her husband is Victor Bailey, a former American football player.
All results regarding 400 metres hurdles.
|Representing United States|
|1991||Pan American Games||Havana, Cuba||3rd||57.81|
|1992||Olympic Games||Barcelona, Spain||10th (sf)||55.04|
|1993||World Championships||Stuttgart, Germany||5th||54.55|
|1995||Pan American Games||Mar del Plata, Argentina||2nd||55.05|
|World Championships||Gothenburg, Sweden||2nd||52.62|
|Grand Prix Final||Fontvieille, Monaco||2nd||53.69|
|1996||Olympic Games||Atlanta, United States||3rd||53.22|
|1997||World Championships||Athens, Greece||6th||54.77|
|2000||Olympic Games||Sydney, Australia||18th (h)||57.02|
|2001||World Championships||Edmonton, Canada||4th||54.55|
|Grand Prix Final||Melbourne, Australia||1st||54.58|
(#) Indicates overall result in the qualifying heats (h) or semifinals (sf).
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