Kim Gallagher
Fița Lovin and Kim Gallagher 1984.jpg
Gallagher (right) in the 800 m final at the 1984 Olympics
Personal information
Born(1964-06-11)June 11, 1964
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[1]
DiedNovember 18, 2002(2002-11-18) (aged 38)
Oreland, Pennsylvania
Height165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight47 kg (104 lb)
Event(s)400–1500 m
ClubPuma and Energizer Track Club
Los Angeles Track Club
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)400 m – 52.44 (1985)
800 m – 1:56.91 (1988)
1500 m – 4:03.29 (1988)[2]

Kimberly Ann "Kim" Gallagher (June 11, 1964 – November 18, 2002) was an American middle-distance runner who won a silver and a bronze medal at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics.[1][2]


National high school records

PIAA state records


Gallagher was a High School All American at Upper Dublin High School, Penn Relays Champion, won twelve PIAA gold medals and was a Pennsylvania State Champion in Track & Field and cross-country. She was inducted into the Pennsylvania Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1995 and into the Penn Relays Hall of Fame in 1996.[3]

In 2005, Gallagher was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Upper Dublin High School as part of the inaugural class.[4]

Personal life

Gallagher took up athletics following her brother Bart, who coached her in her early years.[5] In 1983, she abandoned her studies at the University of Arizona because they interfered with her training. She married John Corcoran of Oreland, Pennsylvania, where the couple made their home.


After the 1988 Olympics Gallagher was diagnosed with colon cancer. She refused chemotherapy and used vitamins, diet and rest as a remedy, which initially appeared effective, but the cancer recurred in 1994. In her last years she used a wheelchair, and died from a stroke aged 38.[1] She was survived by her mother Barbara, father John, husband John Corcoran, and 13-year-old daughter Jessica Smith.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Kim Gallagher". Archived from the original on April 17, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  2. ^ a b IAAF Biographies – Kim Gallagher
  3. ^ a b Ron Reid (November 20, 2002) Olympic runner Kim Gallagher dead of a stroke The Philadelphian, who won medals in the 1984 and 1988 Games, was 38.
  4. ^ Athletic Department.
  5. ^ "Kim Gallagher, area's best middle-distance runner ever, remembered 10 years after her death - philly-archives". August 21, 2016. Archived from the original on August 21, 2016. Retrieved June 3, 2021.