Davis-Thompson at the 2014 IAAF Council Meeting
|Born||July 9, 1966|
Pauline Elaine Davis-Thompson (born July 9, 1966) is a former Bahamian sprinter. She competed at five Olympics, a rarity for a track and field athlete. She won her first medal at her fourth Olympics and her first gold medals at her fifth Olympics (Sydney 2000) at age 34 in the 4 × 100 m Relay and, after Marion Jones' belated disqualification nine years later, in the 200m.
Her first high-profile success came in 1989 when she became the NCAA National Champion in the 200-meter dash while setting a collegiate national record as a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide team at the University of Alabama. Then in 1995, she won the silver medal in the 200 metres at the IAAF World Indoor Championships and won another silver, this time in the 400 metres, at the 1995 World Championships in Athletics.
She ran at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics the following year and although she narrowly missed out on a medal in the 400 m, she helped the Bahamian team to a silver medal in the 4 x 100 metres relay. She suffered a dip in form in 1997 - she made both the 400 m and 100 m relay finals but failed to win a medal in either event. She received her first World Championships gold medal two years later, in 1999, aiding the Bahamian relay team to victory.
She won a gold medal in both the 200 metres and the 4 × 100 m relay at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. She originally finished in second place in the women's 200 m behind Marion Jones, but in October 2007 Jones admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs and was stripped of the title. On December 9, 2009, Davis-Thompson was finally awarded the gold medal.
As a teenager, she had to constantly wear a sports bra to deal with her unoptimal physique at the time.
|100 m||10.97||July 21, 2000||Nassau, Bahamas|
|200 m||22.27||September 28, 2000||Sydney, Australia|
|400 m||49.28||July 29, 1996||Atlanta, United States|
|1982||CARIFTA Games (U-17)||Kingston, Jamaica||2nd||100 m||12.19|
|Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-17)||Bridgetown, Barbados||1st||100 m||11.89|
|1st||Long jump||5.22 m|
|1983||CARIFTA Games (U-20)||Fort-de-France, Martinique||2nd||100 m||11.69|
|1990||Commonwealth Games||Auckland, New Zealand||3rd||100 m||11.20 w (wind: +4.4 m/s)|
|1991||World Indoor Championships||Seville, Spain||5th||60 m||7.16|
|World Championships||Tokyo, Japan||7th||200 m||22.90 (wind: -2.4 m/s)|
|1993||IAAF Grand Prix Final||Stuttgart, Germany||8th||100 m||11.56|
|1994||IAAF Grand Prix Final||Paris, France||7th||400 m||51.52|
|1995||World Indoor Championships||Barcelona, Spain||2nd||200 m||22.68|
|World Championships||Gothenborg, Sweden||2nd||400 m||49.96|
|4th||4 × 100 m relay||43.14|
|1996||Olympic Games||Atlanta, United States||4th||400 m||49.28|
|2nd||4 × 100 m relay||42.14|
|1997||World Championships||Athens, Greece||7th||400 m||50.68|
|6th||4 × 100 m relay||42.77|
|1998||IAAF Grand Prix Final||Moscow, Russia||8th||400 m||53.83|
|1999||World Indoor Championships||Maebashi, Japan||3rd||200 m||22.70|
|World Championships||Seville, Spain||1st||4 × 100 m relay||41.92|
|2000||Olympic Games||Sydney, Australia||1st||200 m||22.27 (wind: +0.7 m/s)|
|1st||4 × 100 m relay||41.95|
|Flagbearer for Bahamas