Tuesday, July 15

First black female Olympian Alice Coachman dies at 90

The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis is dead. She died in the US yesterday Monday 14th of July at the age of 90.

Alice was a track and field legend who set a new record, winning the high jump gold medal at the 1948 Games in London. She died at a hospital near her home in Albany, Georgia, on Monday, three months after suffering a stroke.

Ms Coachman's overcame racial obstacle to gain national recognition, her athletic achievements pre-dated the civil rights era, when she was barred from public sports facilities because of her colour. She won her first national title at 16 and went on to win 25 track and field championships before retiring at the age of 25, after winning the Olympic gold medal. She was inducted to the USA Track and Field Hall of fame in 1975 and the US Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004.

May her soul rest in peace.

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