Donna Lee Mayhew (born June 20, 1960, in Dupont, Pennsylvania) is a retired female javelin thrower from the United States, who twice represented her native country at the Summer Olympics: 1988 and 1992. She set her personal best (63.66 metres) in 1988.[1][2]


From 1978 to 1990, Mayhew attended Glendale Community College in Glendale, California, where she competed in javelin throwing as a member of the college's track and field team. In 1980, she competed in the U.S. junior college championships and placed second.[3]

Mayhew then attended the University of Arizona, where she also competed in javelin throwing as a member of the University's track and field teamduring the 1980s. In 1983, she placed third in the NCAA Meet. Following her 1985 graduation from the university, she became a five-time champion in javelin at the U.S. National Women's Track and Field Championships in 1988 and from 1992 to 1995. In 1988 and 1992, she won the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trial's in the women's javelin category. She went on to finish seventh at the Olympics in 1988 and twelfth in 1992. After placing sixth in the 1989 World Cup, she earned a silver medal at the 1991 Pan American Games.[4][5]

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the  United States
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 7th 61.78 m
1991 Pan American Games Havana, Cuba 2nd 58.44 m
World Championships Tokyo, Japan 22nd 56.34 m
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 12th 55.68 m


  1. ^ *Donna Mayhew at World Athletics Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ *Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Donna Mayhew". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2020-04-18.
  3. ^ "Donna Mayhew" (biography). Tucson, Arizona: University of Arizona, retrieved online June 1, 2024.
  4. ^ "Donna Lee Mayhew" (biography), in "Athletes." International Olympic Committee, retrieved online June 1, 2024.
  5. ^ "Donna Mayhew." Mountain View, California: Track & Field News (multiple articles and rosters), retrieved online June 1, 2024.