Torri Edwards (born January 31, 1977)[1] is an American sprinter. She competes in 100 and 200 metres, winning an Olympic medal in 4×100 metres relay in 2000. In 2003 she won six medals in major international competitions, including one World Championship gold. Edwards qualified to the 2008 Olympic Games at 100m meters and 4x100m relay.


 [hide*1 Early career

Early career[edit]Edit

Edwards states that she began sprinting when she joined her school team in junior high .[1] Edwards was an average sprinter when she attended Pomona High School, with her best state meet finish ever coming her senior year when she was fourth in the 200m. Edwards would then attend the University of Southern California.[2] That track season, she won the Pac-10 titles in both the 100m and 200m for USC.[1]

She states:

"Not until I got to college did I realize that I could be good," Edwards said. "Winning the Pac-10 titles gave me a big boost in confidence, and I found myself setting higher and higher goals."[1]

Personal bests[edit]Edit

2008 Olympics[edit]Edit

At the 2008 Olympic finals for the women's 100 meters, Edwards stated that she thought she had false started and apparently hesitated, believing that the officials were going to call a false start.

Edwards eventually finished 8th place with a time of 11.20, an under-par performance for the American sprinter, who has a best time of 10.78. Edwards states:

“I thought I moved before the gun,” Edwards said. “I kind of hesitated because I expected to hear a second gun. It threw me off a lot. It’s pretty tough.”

However, Edwards actually had a reaction time of 0.179 seconds, which was not the fastest or the slowest of the eight runners.[3] It is possible, therefore, that Edwards had not applied enough pressure on the blocks to trigger a false start warning, however she twitched her upper body, but possibly left her feet solid."[4]

Another disappointment came in the 4x100m relay when the American team dropped the baton in the semi-final due to a misunderstanding between Edwards, on the top bend, and Lauryn Williams on the anchor leg. Williams picked up the baton to finish the race in last place, but the USA was disqualified because she had had to run out of her lane in order to retrieve the baton.


Year Tournament Venue Result Event
2000 Summer Olympics Sydney, Australia 3rd 4x100m relay (which has been taken away because of Jones)
2003 World Indoor Championships BirminghamEngland 3rd 60m
World Championships ParisFrance 1st 100 metres, 10.93 PB
World Championships Paris, France 2nd 200 metres
World Championships Paris, France 2nd 4x100m relay
World Athletics Final Monte CarloMonaco 3rd 100 metres
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 3rd 200 metres
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