First black woman to win Olympic gold dies in Ga.

The Covington News - - WORLD -

AL­BANY, Ga. (AP) — The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coach­man Davis, died early Mon­day in south Ge­or­gia. She was 90. Davis’ death was con­firmed by her daugh­ter, Eve­lyn Jones. Davis won Olympic gold in the high jump at the 1948 games in Lon­don with an Amer­i­can and Olympic record of 1.68 me­ters (5.51 feet), ac­cord­ing to USA Track and Field, the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ing body of the sport. Davis was in­ducted to the USA Track and Field Hall of fame in 1975, and was in­ducted to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004.

“Go­ing into the USOC Hall of Fame is as good as it gets,” she told The As­so­ci­ated Press in a 2004 in­ter­view. “It’s like Coop­er­stown, Spring­field and Can­ton,” she said, re­fer­ring to the sites of other prom­i­nent Halls of Fame.

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