Nov. 1, 2011
Bruin alum and Olympic gold medalist Gail Devers will be inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame on December 3rd, USATF announced on Tuesday. Devers is one of five inductees for this year's Hall of Fame Class, joining Maurice Greene, Vince Matthews, Clarence Demar and Bob Timmons.
Devers, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, Greene, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder, and Virgin, a two-time World Cross Country individual champion, all made the Hall of Fame as Modern Athletes, which include those retired less than 25 years. Virgin was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2010, but deferred his induction until this year when the Annual Meeting was scheduled to take place in St. Louis, near his current hometown.
Matthews, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, and Demar, a seven-time winner of the Boston Marathon, will be inducted as Veteran Athletes as each has been retired for longer than 25 years. Timmons, who coached seven Olympians, 16 world record holders and mentored Jim Ryun to the first sub-4-minute high school mile, will be inducted representing the Coaches.
The career of Gail Devers was one of perseverance and dominance in women's track and field. A career that saw her compete until the age of 40, Devers is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and 13-time World Indoor and Outdoor medalist. In 1991, near the beginning of her career, Devers was diagnosed with Graves Disease and began radiation treatment as doctors threatened to amputate her feet. Devers recovered to become one of the most dominant sprinters and hurdlers of her time. She won the 1992 Olympic gold medal in the 100m along with gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m in 1996. At the World Outdoor Championships she won three gold medals in the 100m hurdles (`93, `95, `99) along with a gold medal in the 100m in 1993 and 4x100m in 1997. She won World Indoor Championships gold three times in the 60m (`93, `97, `04) and one in the 60m hurdles (`03). In 2007, at the age of 40, Devers won the 60m hurdles at the Millrose Games in 7.86 seconds, which was the fastest time in the world that year. A 10-time USA Outdoor 100m hurdles champion, she is a two-time winner of the ESPY for Women's Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
About the National Track & Field Hall of Fame
The finalists from each category are selected by a committee from a list of nominations. Members of the selection committees examine the nominations and evaluate their merit based on a set of criteria. Elections for Modern and Veteran athletes are held each year. Elections for Coaches are held in odd numbered years with Contributors elected in even numbered years. Hall of Fame inductees, members of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame Board and Committees and members of the media all vote on elections for the National Track & Field Hall of Fame.