Wendy Brown (heptathlete)

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Wendy Brown
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Full nameWendy Renee Brown
Born (1966-01-28) January 28, 1966 (age 57)
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight154 lb (70 kg)
SportTrack and Field
Event(s)heptathlon, jumps, hurdles

Wendy Renee Brown (born January 28, 1966) is a retired heptathlete and triple jumper from the United States. She competed in the heptathlon at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, finishing in 18th place behind teammate Jackie Joyner Kersee's still current world record. As the event was in transition to become an official event, she set the world record in the women's triple jump twice in the mid-1980s. Because this was before the event was declared official, neither of those records were officially ratified. Brown went to the University of Southern California where she won the 1986 NCAA Indoor Championship in the Triple Jump[1] and later winning 1988 NCAA Championship in the Heptathlon.[2] She is still the school record holder in the Triple Jump and Heptathlon, as well as being ranked second in Long Jump and High Jump, and fifth in the Javelin throw.[3]

In 1984, while competing for Woodside High School, Brown won the CIF California State Track team title for her high school singlehandedly, the only athlete to ever accomplish that feat.[4] She scored 38 points winning the Long Jump, Triple Jump and High Jump, and was second in the 100 Hurdles behind future "fastest Woman in the world" Gail Devers.[5] Her 42'10 1/2" jump that year was the NFHS national high school record in the triple jump for seven years.[6] Later in 1984 she won the Pan American Junior Championships in the Long Jump and finishing 4th in the 100 metres hurdles[7]

In 1990, Brown had success as a contestant in the television series American Gladiators, appearing in four episodes and going to the final round of the "second half".[8]


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Preceded by Women's Triple Jump World Record Holder
Not officially ratified by the IAAF

1985-05-30 – 1986-06-05
1987-05-02 – 1987-05-17
Succeeded by