Kim Gallagher

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Kim Gallagher
Fița Lovin and Kim Gallagher 1984.jpg
Gallagher (right) in the 800 m final at the 1984 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1964-06-11)June 11, 1964
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[1]
Died November 18, 2002(2002-11-18) (aged 38)
Oreland, Pennsylvania
Height 165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 47 kg (104 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 400–1500 m
Club Puma and Energizer Track Club
Los Angeles Track Club
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 400 m – 52.44 (1985)
800 m – 1:56.91 (1988)
1500 m – 4:03.29 (1988)[2]

Kimberly Ann "Kim" Gallagher (June 11, 1964 – November 18, 2002) was an American middle-distance runner who won a silver and a bronze medal at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics.[1][2]


National high school records[edit]

  • 800 Meters – 2:00.07
  • 3200 Meter Relay – 8:58.43 (T. Pahutski, K. Baldwin, W. Crowell, K. Gallagher)

PIAA state records[edit]

  • 800 meters – 2:05.47
  • 1600 meters – 4:41.08
  • 1600-meter relay – 3:49.61 (T. Pahutski, K. Baldwin, C. Woldecke, K. Gallagher)
  • 3200-meter relay – 8:58.43 (T. Pahutski, K. Baldwin, W. Crowell, K. Gallagher)


Gallagher was a High School All American at Upper Dublin High School, Penn Relays Champion, won twelve PIAA Gold Medals, and was a Pennsylvania State Champion in Track & Field and cross-country. She was inducted into the Pennsylvania Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1995 and into the Penn Relays Hall of Fame in 1996.[3]

In 2005, Gallagher was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Upper Dublin High School as part of the inaugural class.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Gallagher took up athletics following her brother Bart, and later in 1983 abandoned her studies at the University of Arizona because they interfered with her training. She married John Corcoran of Oreland, Pennsylvania, where the couple made their home. After the 1988 Olympics Gallagher was diagnosed with colon cancer. She refused chemotherapy and used vitamins, diet and rest as a remedy, which initially appeared effective, but the cancer recurred in 1994. In her last years she used a wheelchair, and died from a stroke aged 38.[1] She was survived by her mother Barbara, father John, husband John Corcoran, and 13-year-old daughter Jessica Smith.[3]