Joe DeLoach
Personal information
Full nameJoseph Nathaniel Deloach, Jr.
Born (1967-06-05) June 5, 1967 (age 57)
Bay City, Texas
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight165 lb (75 kg)
Country United States
College teamHouston
ClubSanta Monica Track Club
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100m: 10.03
200m: 19.75
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul 200m
Pan American Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 1984 Nassau 100 m
Gold medal – first place 1984 Nassau 200 m
Gold medal – first place 1984 Nassau 4x100 relay

Joseph ("Joe") Nathaniel DeLoach (born June 5, 1967) is an American former sprinter who was the 1988 Olympic champion in the 200 m.

Born in Bay City, Texas into a family with 11 sisters and one brother, DeLoach enjoyed running at a young age and desired to become a football player, but later set his mind to sprinting. He trained at the University of Houston, like Carl Lewis before him.

During his career, DeLoach took part in one Olympiad, the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. He won the 200 m (beating his teammate from the Santa Monica Track Club, Carl Lewis, while placing fifth in the 100 m). The first performance was enough to qualify for the Games. There, he and Lewis were the favorites. In the final, DeLoach caught Lewis and finished in the Olympic record time of 19.75. This performance marked the only time Carl Lewis was defeated in an individual Olympic final.

In 2003, Dr. Wade Exum, the United States Olympic Committee's director of drug control administration from 1991 to 2000, gave copies of documents to Sports Illustrated which revealed that some 100 American athletes, including DeLoach, had tested positive for drugs between 1988 and 2000.[1] The IAAF investigated the allegations, and announced that the dosages were in low concentration and no rules had been broken.[2]


  1. ^ "Scorecard". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on October 19, 2012. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  2. ^ USOC's Actions on Lewis Justified by IAAF, Alan Abrahamson, Los Angeles Times, May 1, 2003
Awards and achievements Preceded by Carl Lewis Men's 200m Best Year Performance 1988 Succeeded by Robson da Silva