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Johnson (Bailes) , Margaret
In 1968, while a student at Churchill High School in Eugene, Oregon Margaret Johnson set the current all-time girls' high school records in the 100 and 200 meters. She ran the 100 meters in 11.3 seconds and the 200 meters in 23.0 seconds. During the 1968 U.S. Championships she twice tied the world 100 meter record with clockings of 11.1 seconds. While equaling the world record she defeated the two-time Olympic 100 meters gold medalist Wyomia tyus and the greatest women's sprint field of that time. The 1968 U.S. Olympic Trials saw her place second in the 100 meters and win the 200 meters. Also in 1968, she ran a wind-aided 10.8 seconds in the 100 meters. The 1968 Mexico Olympics provided a golden moment for Margaret when she ran a legon on the gold medal and world record setting 400 meter relay (42.8 sec.) and placed fourth in the 100 meter final despite a recent illness. Margaret is the only Oregon female track and field athlete to set a world record and win an Olympic gold medal, and was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.