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Chandra Cheeseborough

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Inducted: 2000, athlete

Born: January 10, 1959 - Jacksonville, Florida

200 m - 21.99
400 m - 49.05

Although only 16 years old, Chandra Cheeseborough broken onto the international track scene in spectacular fashion by winning two gold medals at the 1975 Pan American Games, taking the 200m in an American record time of 22.77. Earlier that year, the Jacksonville native had attended a summer track program at Tennessee State University and benefited from the tutelage of Hall of Fame coach Ed Temple. In 1976, she set an American junior record of 11.13 in winning the 100 meters at the national championships, then placed sixth in that event at the Montreal Olympics. After high school, she attended Tennessee State, where she was a member of national championship teams that set world indoor records of 1:08.9 in the 640-yard relay and 1:47.17 in the 800-yard sprint medley relay. She won the national indoor 200-yard dash in 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1983. Her breakthrough year in the 400m came in 1984, when set two American records in the event, then placed second in the Los Angeles Olympics in a career best of 49.04. She made history at the 1984 Games when she became the first woman to win gold medals in both relays, held less than an hour apart. Cheeseborough later became a coach and returned to Tennessee State. She was named head coach of both men and women in 1999, following in Temple's footsteps. She also has served as an assistant coach for the U.S. team at the 1999 Junior Pan-Am Championships.

Records Held
World Record: 640 yd. relay - 1:08.90
American Record: 200 m - 22.77

1976 Olympics: 100 m (6th)
1984 Olympics: 400 m - 49.04 (2nd)
1984 Olympics: 400 m relay (1st)
1984 Olympics: 1,600 m relay (1st)
1976 National Championships: 100 m - 11.13 (1st)
1979 National Indoor Championships: 200 yd. (1st)
1981 National Indoor Champs: 200 yd. (1st)
1982 National Indoor Champs: 200 yd. (1st)
1983 National Indoor Champs: 200 yd. (1st)
1975 Pan Am Games: 200 m - 22.77 (1st)

high school: Jacksonville (Jacksonville, Florida), 1974
undergraduate: Tennessee State (Nashville, Tennessee), 1978


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