Randy Williams
Randy Williams 1972.jpg
Williams in 1972
Personal information
Born (1953-08-23) August 23, 1953 (age 69)
Fresno, California, U.S.
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight69 kg (152 lb)
Event(s)Sprint, long jump, triple jump
ClubTobias Striders
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100 m – 10.19 (1977)
200 m – 21.15 (1983)
LJ – 8.34 m (1972)
TJ – 15.94 m (1971)

Randy Lavelle Williams (born August 23, 1953) is an American athlete.


In high school, Williams attended Edison High School in Fresno, California. He then attended the University of Southern California.[1]


At the CIF California State Meet in 1969 he finished third, behind future rival James McAlister, in 1970 he finished second behind future NFL star, Lynn Swann and in 1971, he won the meet in what would have clearly been a meet record, had it not been wind aided.[2]

Williams won the sprints at the 1987 Masters West Region Championship.[3]


Williams mainly competed in the long jump, in which he won a gold medal at the 1972 Olympics and a silver medal in 1976.[4] His 1972 winning jump of 8.34 m (27–4½) set the world junior record that stood for almost 40 years until it was improved by 1 cm by Sergey Morgunov on June 20, 2012. At the time it was the longest standing record on the books.[5] Williams qualified for the 1980 U.S. Olympic team but was unable to compete due to the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott. In 2007 he did receive one of 461 Congressional Gold Medals created especially for the spurned athletes.[6]

Hall of Fame

In 2009, Williams was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.[7]


  1. ^ USC OLYMPIANS: 1904–2004, USC Trojans Athletic Department, Accessed August 13, 2008.
  2. ^ "California State Meet Results – 1915 to present". Hank Lawson. Retrieved December 25, 2012.
  3. ^ National Masters News, Sept 1987, page 31. [1] Retrieved Jun 7, 2022
  4. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Randy Williams". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020.
  5. ^ "Morgunov leaps 8.35m World junior record* in Cheboksary". Archived from the original on June 23, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2012.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link). iaaf.org. June 21, 2012
  6. ^ Caroccioli, Tom; Caroccioli, Jerry. Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Highland Park, IL: New Chapter Press. pp. 243–253. ISBN 978-0942257403.
  7. ^ "Randy Williams". usatf.org. USA Track & Field, Inc. Retrieved May 17, 2009.

Sporting positions Preceded by Ron Coleman Men's long jump best year performance 1972 Succeeded by James McAlister