Mark Witherspoon
Personal information
Born (1963-09-03) September 3, 1963 (age 60)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Height6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight187 lb (85 kg)
Country United States
Event(s)100 m, 200 m
College teamUW Parkside
Abilene Christian
ClubSanta Monica Track Club

Donald Mark Witherspoon (born September 3, 1963, in Chicago) is an American former sprinter.[1] He joined his high school track team after having success as a cornerback on the football team. In college, he was primarily a 200 m and 400 m runner. He recorded an impressive 19.3 200 m split on a 4 × 200 m and a 43.9 440 yd leg on a 4x440 yd while in college.[2] As a professional, he competed in the 1992 Summer Olympics, where he tore his achilles tendon.[3]

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
1987 World Indoor Championships Indianapolis, United States 2nd 60 m 6.54
World Championships Rome, Italy 35th (h) 100 m 10.65
1990 Goodwill Games Seattle, United States 3rd 100 m 10.17
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 4th (qf) 100 m 10.191
1994 World Cup London, United Kingdom 3rd 4 × 100 m relay 39.33

1Did not finish in the semifinals

Personal bests



  1. ^ Mark Witherspoon at World Athletics Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Hersh, Phil (May 18, 1987). "SPRINTER WINS BY TREADING STRAIGHT PATH". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Mark Witherspoon". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 18, 2020. Retrieved May 23, 2012.