Lillie Leatherwood
Personal information
Full nameLillie Mae Leatherwood
BornJuly 6, 1964 (1964-07-06) (age 59)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S.
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1984 Los Angeles 4x400 m relay
Silver medal – second place 1988 Seoul 4x400 m relay
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1991 Tokyo 4x400 m relay
Bronze medal – third place 1987 Rome 4x400 m relay

Lillie Mae Leatherwood (born July 6, 1964)[1] is an American athlete who competed mainly in the 400 metres.


Leatherwood was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Brought up in Ralph, she attended the University of Alabama, in the 1986 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships she captured the 400-m title with a 1st-place finish in an indoor collegiate record-setting time of 51.23s. She was also the National Champion in the 400-meter dash at the 1985 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, with a time of 53.12 seconds.

Leatherwood competed for the United States in the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, U.S. in the 4 x 400 metres where she won the gold medal with her teammates Sherri Howard, Olympic 400 m champion Valerie Brisco-Hooks and 400 m silver medalist Chandra Cheeseborough.

Leatherwood became a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority in 1986 through the Iota Eta chapter at the University of Alabama. She became married on November 20, 1986 to teammate & Olympian, Emmit King, and they are now divorced. King was a member of Phi Beta Sigma. Leatherwood now resides in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and is retired from her career with the Tuscaloosa City Police Department.[2]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Lillie Leatherwood". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2020-04-18.
  2. ^ January 31, 2013, Stephanie Taylor. "Leatherwood says PAL job is 'worth it': Tuscaloosa officer, Olympic medalist says she enjoys helping kids". The Tuscaloosa News. Tuscaloosa Police Department Officer Lillie Leatherwood((cite news)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)