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Feb 16, 2021

Clemson Athletics Black History: Shawn Crawford

Shawn Crawford is perhaps the most accomplished track athlete in Clemson history.   He is best known for winning the Gold Medal for the US at the 2004 Olympics in Athens Greece in a time of 19.79 seconds.   He became the first former Clemson athlete to win an Olympic Gold Medal in an individual event while representing the United States team.

Crawford went on to win a Silver Medal in the same event at the 2008 Olympics.

Crawford came to Clemson in 1997 and went on to win 11 All-America certificates, including three National Championships in his four years at Clemson.   The native of Van Wyck, SC was NCAA Champion in the indoor 200 meters in 1998 and 2000, and the outdoor 200 meters in 2000.   He and Michael Green are the only men’s track athletes in Clemson history to win three NCAA individual championships.

Crawford was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 2010.  He retired from professional track in 2012.