Linetta Wilson
Personal information
BornOctober 11, 1967 (1967-10-11) (age 56)
Pasadena, California, U.S.
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta 4 × 400 m relay

Linetta A. Wilson (born October 11, 1967) is a former 1996 Olympic gold medalist in the women's 4 × 400 meter relay for the United States. She competed in the opening round with Rochelle Stevens, Kim Graham, and Maicel Malone and was replaced by Jearl Miles in the Final.[1]

Wilson grew up in Pasadena, attending Muir High School. She twice placed second to Chewuakii "Choo Choo" Knighten in the CIF State Championships in a still standing fastest non-winning time,[2] She also excelled in hurdles, placing in the state meet twice. She is a member of team that may become the permanent 4 × 100 meter shuttle hurdle relay (30") High School Recordholders—the official height of the hurdles has been changed.[3]

She continued to the University of Nebraska where she won an Indoor and Outdoor NCAA National Championship and was on three of their Big 8 Championship teams.[4] Her Indoor Championship in the 500 meters set a new National Record and narrowly missed the World Record at the time.[5] During that period, Wilson was Nationally ranked in the 400 meter hurdles three times.[6] After Nebraska she competed for the Los Angeles area South Bay Track Club.

She set her Personal Record in the 400 meters of 51.02 during the semi-final of the 1996 Olympic Trials.[7]

In 2000, Wilson was convicted of sending prescription medicine through the mail and was sentenced to a year in jail.[8] She returned to competition and competed as late as 2005.[9]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Linetta Wilson". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17.
  2. ^ "California State Meet Results – 1915 to present". Hank Lawson. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
  3. ^ National High School Records Archived 2009-01-06 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Nebraska Cornhuskers Champions
  5. ^ Washington Post
  6. ^ "Track and Field News rankings" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2010-01-02.
  7. ^ USATF Olympic Trials report
  8. ^ L.A. Times
  9. ^ Stanford Invitational[permanent dead link]