Clancy Edwards
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the  United States
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1975 Mexico City 4 x 100 m relay
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. He was considered one of the best sprinters in the world between 1974 and 1978. 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.

While in high school, he ran for Santa Ana High School[1] 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.[2] He was also 2nd in the 100-yard dash.[3]

Edwards began his collegiate career at Cal Poly in 1974, running for their track team, the Cal Poly Mustangs (where he won titles under the tutelage of coach Steve Simmons), and Santa Ana Junior College in 1975. He left there citing personal problems and missed a year of college in 1976. He also missed out on the 1976 Summer Olympics because of injury. [4] In 1977 he transferred as a junior to the University of Southern California (USC). While at USC he was one of the best sprinters in the world, helping them to the Pac-8 collegiate championship.[5]

He was ranked (see below) in the American top ten at 200 metres five times between 1974 and 1979 including #1 in 1977 and 1978. Worldwide those rankings were not much different, ranking #1 in 1978 and #3 in 1977 behind Mennea and Olympic Champion Don Quarrie. And he was #2 worldwide in 1978 at 100 metres.

Edwards' fastest time over 100 metres was 10.07 seconds, set at Eugene in June 1978. In that year, Edwards achieved the remarkable 'double-double' of winning the 100 and 200 m events at both the NCAA (United States collegiate) and AAU (United States National) Championships. He was the first to do this since Hal Davis in 1943.[6][7] That same year he also 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. In both 1977 and 1978 he was awarded the Pac-10 Track athlete of the year.

Also in 1978, Edwards ran the anchor leg of a University of Southern California team (with Joel Andrews, James Sanford and William Mullins) that broke the world record in 4 × 200 m relay event with a time of 1.20.26 at Tempe, Arizona on 27 May.[8] They broke the record even though they came second in the race. The team that won from the Tobias Striders track team was multi-national and so was not eligible to hold the record (that team of Guy Abrahams, Michael Simmons, Don Quarrie and James Gilkes recorded a time of 1.20.23.)

Injury ruined his 1979 season.[9] The following year, the United States boycott of the 1980 Olympics meant he lacked the motivation to re-find his best form and to carry on with his track career post-1980 onto the next Olympics.[10]

Track and field rankings

Edwards was ranked among the best in the US and the world in the 100 yard/100 metre and 200 yard/200 metre sprint events in the period 1974-79, according to the votes of the experts of Track and Field News.[11][12][13][14]

See also


  1. ^ "Old harriers never die".
  2. ^ "Orange County All-Time Boys Track & Field Marks". Archived from the original on 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2008-05-27.
  3. ^ "California State Meet Results - 1915 to present". Hank Lawson. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
  4. ^ a b Jon Hendershott. "T& FN Interview Clancy Edwards" (PDF). Track and Field News.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Bruce Anderson (May 16, 1977). "Lofton, Albritton win Pac-8 titles; Sheats, mile relay break records". The Stanford Daily. Retrieved 2015-12-20.
  6. ^ Joe Marshall (June 19, 1978). "Dual duels in the sun". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2015-12-20.
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-11-30. Retrieved 2010-09-26.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Progression of IAAF World Records 2011 Edition, Editor Imre Matrahazi, IAAF Athletics, p 137.
  9. ^ Robert Fachet (June 17, 1979). "Nehemiah Wins Hurdles Crown With AAU Mark". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2015-12-22.
  10. ^ "Glory Days at End for Clancy Edwards". Southeast Missourian. Associated Press. June 12, 1980. Retrieved 2015-12-19.
  11. ^ "World Rankings Index--Men's 100 meters" (PDF). Track and Field News. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-06-20. Retrieved 2015-12-19.
  12. ^ "U.S. Rankings Index--Men's 100 meters" (PDF). Track and Field News.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "World Rankings Index--Men's 200 meters" (PDF). Track and Field News.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "U.S. Rankings Index--Men's 200 meters" (PDF). Track and Field News.[permanent dead link]
Sporting positions Preceded by Silvio Leonard Men's 200 m Best Year Performance 1978 Succeeded by Pietro Mennea