Isabelle Daniels
Isabelle Daniels and Giuseppina Leone, 1956 Olympics.jpg
Daniels (left) vs. Giuseppina Leone at the 1956 Olympics
Personal information
Full nameIsabelle Frances Daniels
BornJuly 31, 1937
Jakin, Georgia, U.S.
DiedSeptember 8, 2017(2017-09-08) (aged 80)
Alma materTennessee State University
Height166 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight61 kg (134 lb)
Sport
SportAthletics
Event(s)Sprint
ClubTSU Tigers, Nashville
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100 m – 11.6 (1956)
200 – 23.6 (1959)[1][2]

Isabelle Frances Daniels (later Holston; July 31, 1937 – September 8, 2017) was an American sprinter.

Daniels attended Tennessee State University, where she was part of their AAU champion relay team for 5 years. She took the silver in the 60 meters at the 1955 Pan American Games and was on the winning relay team. She competed for the United States in the 1956 Summer Olympics held in Melbourne, Australia, where she won the bronze medal in the 4×100 metres with her teammates Mae Faggs, Margaret Matthews and Wilma Rudolph, in a race where all three teams beat the existing world record. She was initially placed third in the 100 meters, but was moved to fourth after photos of the finish were examined.[1]

In 1958 she participated in a goodwill tour over the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.[3] She worked for many years as a physical education teacher and coach in Georgia, where she received numerous awards, including 1990 National Coach of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association. In 1987 she was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.[4] In 1992 she was honored as the All-State Role Model; a documentary on her life was produced and broadcast in the halftime of the Georgia high school all-stars basketball game. She was also listed on a 1992 "Coaches Care Honor Roll" sponsored by Gatorade. In March 2006 she was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Bob Hayes Invitational Track Meet in Jacksonville, Florida.[3] Daniels died on September 8, 2017 at the age of 80.[5] She was married to Rev. Sidney R. Holston; the couple had four children.[3]

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