Florence Griffith-Joyner: An American Success Story

Topics: Events in athletics, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Usain Bolt Pages: 2 (774 words) Published: September 17, 2011
Florence Griffith-Joyner
It's the year 1987 and I've just come back from the athletics. I didn't pass any records but I am aiming to pass some next year. When I got back home I didn't do any running for a week. After that week I trained and trained for the 1988 Olympic games and athletics. The time came quickly but I was prepared. Then when it was the time I went to where the Olympic games were going to be held. The first day there was the grand ceremony they always have and I was among everyone from the USA. The next day I made an early start and got ready for my first event. It was 100m sprint. I ran quite well. I had a brilliant start I got into second position then I made a brilliant sprint to the finish into first and I passed the line. I had done it. I came first with 10·54 seconds that was my best time and a world record. Then there was the high jump and our competitor; L Rirrer jumped the highest, 2·03m. That was two gold’s to the USA. Then there was 3000m and the 1000m but we got a gold for none of these. That was the end of day two. On day three I didn't run at all. Our team only got one gold on that day and that was from Jackie Joyner-Kersee on long jump with a distance of 7·40m The fourth day and I was running my last race the 200m. Also there was shot, put, Discus and Javelin. Also the heptathlon started and is due to finish on the sixth day. When my race came I was ready. I ran well. When that starting gun went I rushed into first, then I was over taken but a person from the USSR team. I tried to push back into first. There was 50m to go and I still hadn't got back into first then at 40m I found a bit of energy and pushed into first. To start with I thought I wouldn't male it. The end turned out to be a photo finish. I had come first another Gold for me and for USA. I got a time of 21·43 sec another record. We won no Golds in the Shot putt, DIscus of Javelin. We are third place in the heptathlon at the moment but theres more to go. On the fifth day...
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