espnW: Seoul Olympics
On this day in 1988, Florence Griffith Joyner struck gold in the 100 meters at the Seoul Olympics in a wind-assisted 10.54 seconds. Griffith Joyner would go on to win gold in the 200 meters -- in world-record time -- and the 100-meter relay at Seoul. Griffith Joyner, who was known for her long fingernails and unique fashion on the track, died after suffering a seizure on Sept. 21, 1998, at the age of 38. She still holds the world record in the 100 meters at 10.49 seconds, which she set in the U.S. Olympic trials leading up to the Seoul Games in 1988, and in the 200 at 21.34 seconds, which she set twice – in the semifinals and final -- in Seoul. At last year’s London Olympics, 100-meter gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce finished in 10.75 seconds and 200-meter gold medalist Allyson Felix finished in 21.88 seconds.