Today in Running History: Women’s 200-Meter World Record

Florence Griffith Joyner sets world record and takes gold in South Korea (Photo Credit: Associated Press)

September 29, 1988: Florence Griffith Joyner – better known as “Flo-Jo” – sets the Women’s 200-meter world record at the Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. She posted a time of 21.34 (+1.3 m/s), which no other female athlete has bested since. In addition to her mind-blowing performance in the 200-meter, Flo-Jo posted a Women’s world record time of 10.49 seconds in the 100-meter during the Olympic trials of the same year.

Of course, Flo-Jo’s insane speed and rock star-like style made her an international icon of athleticism, long after she ended her professional track and field career following the 1988 Olympics. Before her star performance on the world stage at the ‘88 Games, Flo-Jo was a standout sprinter first at Jordan High School in Los Angeles and then as a Bruin at UCLA. She passed away in her sleep from an epileptic seizure in 1998, but her world records live on.

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