Ruth Wysocki

Birthday: 03/08/57 Mile PR: 4:21.78 - 1984
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 4:00.18 - 1984
High School: Azusa HS (CA)
Hometown: Alhambra, CA
College: Redlands - 1 Year
Current Residence: Temecula, CA

Ruth Wysocki competed at her first U.S. Olympic Trials in 1976 at the age of nineteen. She completed an impresive double at the 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials - finishing runner-up in the 800 meters with a personal record of 1:59.34 and then winning the 1500 meters with a 13 second PR 4:00.18, upsetting Mary Decker Slaney who had not lost to an American in four years. Ruth went on to finish sixth in the 800 meters and eighth in the 1500 meters at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Her Mile PR, also from 1984, is 4:21.78, the second fastest first sub-4:30 by a U.S. woman and #4 all-time by a U.S. woman (outdoors).

FUN FACT: Ruth's husband Tom Wysocki was a top national class distance runner in the 1980s: 13:35.33 PR 5000m and 28:19.56 PR 10,000m.

Photo credit: / Jeff Johnson



The Ruth Wysocki Interview

August 01, 2014

I was just running for place, came up on Mary and I heard those three men’s voices saying, ‘If you’re with her with 200 meters to go you can beat her.’

By Gary Cohen,

Ruth Wysocki was a member of the 1984 United States Olympic team which competed in Los Angeles in the 800...

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