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Pitt and Former Olympian Roger Kingdom Inducted Into U.S. Paralympic and Olympic Hall of Fame

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Former Pitt and former Olympian sprint hurdler Roger Kingdom is a Class of 2022 inductee of the U.S. Paralympic and Olympic Hall of Fame, he announced on his Twitter on Monday.

Kingdom is one of the greatest sprint hurdlers in history. He is most famous for winning gold at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and the 1988 Seoul Olympics in the 110 meter hurdles. His run in Seoul broke the olympic record in the event at 12.98 seconds, making him the first man to run below 13 seconds in the event. He set the world record in the event in Zurich, Switzerland in 1989, finishing the event in 12.92 seconds.

At Pitt, Kingdom placed first in the 110 meter hurdles in the 1983 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a run of 13.53 seconds. He then won the 55 meter hurdles in the 1984 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships with a run of 7.08 seconds.

Kingdom is a part of other Hall of Fames, earning a spot in the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 and then the inaugural Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018.

After his athletic career finished, Kingdom spent time working at Cal U in California, Pa. as an assistant and then the director of track and field/cross country from 2004-13. He then worked with the Arizona Cardinals as a strength and conditioning coach from 2014-17, then as interim director of track and field/cross country at UCF in 2018.

Currently, Kingdom works for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a strength and conditioning coach.

 

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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