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Clancy Edwards

Clancy Edwards
Medal record
Men’s athletics
Competitor for 23x15px United States
IAAF World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1977 Düsseldorf 200 m
Summer Universiade
Gold medal – first place 1977 Sofia 200 m

Clancy Edwards (born August 9, 1955) is a retired track and field Sprinter from the United States. Edwards began his collegiate career as a Cal Poly Mustang where he won three DII national sprint titles under Coach Steve Simmons before transferring to USC. While at the University of Southern California he was one of the best sprinters in the world.[1] He won the 200 metres at the 1977 IAAF World Cup, the most important meet of that year, defeating future World Record holder Pietro Mennea. In 1978 he recorded the world's best year performance in the men's 200 metres at the dual meet against cross-town rival UCLA in Westwood, Los Angeles, clocking 20.03 on April 29, 1978. Later in 1978 he won the NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship at both 100 metres and 200 metres.[2] in 1977 and 1978 he was awarded the Pac-10 Track athlete of the year.

He was ranked in the American top ten at 200 metres five times between 1974 and 1979 including #1 in 1977 and 1978.[3] Worldwide those rankings were not much different, ranking #1 in 1978 and #3 in 1977 behind Mennea and Olympic Champion Don Quarrie.[4] And he was #2 worldwide in 1978 at 100 metres.[5] 1976 was the year he missed, also missing out on the 1976 Summer Olympics.

While in high school, he ran for Santa Ana High School. His 21.32 (converted from a hand time of 21.2) for 220 yards winning the 1973 CIF California State Meet was the best time in Orange County, California for Twelve years.[6] He was also 2nd in the 100 yard dash.[7]

Edwards' fastest time over 100 metres was 10.07 seconds, set at Eugene in June 1978.


Preceded by
23x15px Silvio Leonard
Men's 200 m Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
23x15px Pietro Mennea