Janeene Vickers

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Janeene Vickers
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Born October 3, 1968 (1968-10-03) (age 49)
Torrance, California, U.S.

Janeene Hope Vickers-McKinney (née Vickers, born October 3, 1968) is an American former athlete who competed mainly in the 400 metres hurdles. She won bronze medals in the 400 metres hurdles at the 1992 Olympic Games and the 1991 World Championships. She also won the 1990 US Championship.


Born in Torrance, California, Vickers is a graduate of Pomona High School, where she had an outstanding high school career.[1] She dominated the CIF California State Meet winning both the 100 meter and 300 meter hurdles in both 1986 and 1987, adding the flat 100 meter title in 1987.[2] She was Track and Field News "High School Athlete of the Year" in 1987.[3] She continued to UCLA to where she won three straight NCAA Championships in the 400 hurdles.[4]

Vickers achieved her lifetime best in the 400m hurdles at the 1991 World Championships, where she won the bronze medal in 53.47 seconds, finishing behind the Soviet Union's Tatyana Ledovskaya (53.11) and Great Britain's Sally Gunnell (53.16), but ahead of her American team-mates Sandra Farmer-Patrick (53.95) and Kim Batten (53.98). This performance moved Vickers to seventh on the world all-time list and second on the US all-time list at the time. As of 2018, she ranks 14th on the US all-time list.

Vickers won an Olympic bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Games, running 54.31 secs to finsish behind Gunnell (53.23) and Farmer-Patick (53.69), and narrowly ahead of 1991 World champion Ledovskaya, who also clocked 54.31.

On November 4, 2011, Vickers (now Vickers-McKinney) was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame.

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  United States
1986 World Junior Championships Athens, United States 4th 400 m 52.25
1st 4 x 400 m 3:30.45
1990 Goodwill Games Seattle, United States disqualified (3rd) 400 m hurdles
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 3rd 400 m hurdles 53.47
Grand Prix Final Barcelona, Spain 2nd 400 m hurdles 54.07
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 3rd 400 m hurdles 54.31


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