Greg Foster
Greg Foster, 1984.jpg

Foster in 1984
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1984 Los Angeles 110 m hurdles
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1983 Helsinki 110 m hurdles
Gold medal – first place 1987 Rome 110 m hurdles
Gold medal – first place 1991 Tokyo 110 m hurdles
Goodwill Games
Gold medal – first place 1986 Moscow 110 m hurdles
World Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 1991 Sevilla 60 m hurdles

Gregory Foster (born August 4, 1958) is a retired American hurdler. He was born in Chicago, Illinois. He is the only person in the history of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics to win three consecutive 110 meter hurdling titles (1983, 1987, and 1991). He was the 1981 IAAF World Cup and the 1991 World Indoor hurdling champion.

As well as his international titles, Foster was twice NCAA outdoor champion (1978 and 1980) in the 110 meter hurdles and was the NCAA 200 meter dash champion in 1979. He won 10 U.S. national titles, four of them outdoors in the 110 meter hurdles (1981, 1983, 1986, and 1987) and six indoors, in the 60 yard hurdles (1983, 1984, 1985), 55 meter hurdles (1987, 1988) and 60 meter hurdles (1991).

He broke the indoor world record for the 50 meter hurdles in 1985 (6.35 seconds) and tied that mark in 1987. He also broke the 60 meter hurdle indoor world record in 1987 with a time of 7.36. He was the American Record Holder in the 110 meter hurdles at 13.22 seconds while competing for UCLA, second at the time only to Cuba's world record holder Alejandro Casañas. His personal best time for the 110 meter hurdles was 13.03, run at the Weltklasse Zürich meet in 1981 in which Renaldo Nehemiah became the first man the break the 13 second barrier, with his 12.93. This once again made Foster the second-fastest hurdler of all time. Foster was ranked in the top ten hurdlers in the world for 15 out of 16 years 1977 to 1992. Five of those years, he was ranked number one, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987 and 1991.[1] Foster was suspended from athletics for six months in 1990 after testing positive ephedrine which he said was contained in his asthma medication.[2]

Health issues

From 2015 until January 2020, Foster suffered from amyloidosis, a rare, life-threatening disease that does considerable damage to the heart. On January 18, Foster underwent heart transplant surgery at Barnes Jewish Hospital.[citation needed]

References

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  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 26, 2011. Retrieved December 20, 2011.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)