|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||100 m: 10.21 s (Lawrence, USA; 23/04/1977)|
200 m: 20.39 s (Zurich, SWI; 15/08/1979)
Clifford 'Cliff' Wiley (born May 21, 1955) is a former American track and field athlete, who competed in the sprints events during his career. He is best known for winning the men's 400 metres event at the 1981 Athletics World Cup in Rome and the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas.
Wiley originally competed at the 100 and 200 m events but later moved up to compete more successfully at the 400 m. A two-time USA National Champion at 400m, in 1981 and 1982,Wiley set his personal best (44.70) in the 400 metres on 21 June 1981 in Sacramento. Wiley competed for his college, the University of Kansas, in the short sprints but did run 400 m relay legs, and it was his success at the latter that led his track coach, Bob Timmons, to believe this would be his best event.
He was also a world record holder in the 4x100-meter relay (Bill Collins-Steve Riddick-Cliff Wiley-Steve Williams), as part of the winning USA team at the 1977 Athletics World Cup with a time of 38.03 s – an event statistician Mark Butler for the IAAF puts in his top 10 men's World Cup moments.
In 1979 Wiley was a member of the winning 4 × 100 m United States relay team at the 1979 Pan American Games
In 1983 Wiley became United States champion indoors at 440 y.
Wiley never ran in the Olympics. Having qualified as second in the 200 m at the US Olympic Trials in 1980, he was denied participation at the 1980 Moscow Olympics because of the USA boycott. In 1984, a contender in the 400 m, his chances at the Olympic Trials were ruined by injury, he could only reach the quarter-final stage. He had also run in the 1976 Olympic Trials in the 100 and 200m reaching the quarter-final stage at both events.
Wiley attended Douglass High School in Baltimore.
After graduation, he went to the University of Kansas, attending the law school there. A successful athlete during his time there, this success was later recognised by him being inducted into the Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame.Wiley was always more than just an athlete, during his time at university, for instance, he served as leader of the Black American Law Students Association.
After leaving college, Wiley settled in Kansas City, Kansas, and became a lawyer.
Wiley organises an annual running event, the Cliff Wiley Track Classic, in Baltimore to give something back to his home area.
An experienced track coach and meet organiser in his local area, in 2004 he was appointed head manager of Team USA at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Italy.
Wiley is very interested in the organization of track and field and has spoken up for a clean, ethical sport. As he has stated 'When you're on drugs or counting on drugs, what kind of example are you setting?'Another example is when he spoke out against the athletes who withdrew from the 1983 Pan-American Games when the nature of the new drug-testing regime became clear.
Wiley has spoken that as a child his dreams were to "Run in the Olympics, and be the mayor of Baltimore City."He may yet achieve his second dream but the first was denied by the USA boycott in 1980 and has left a painful memory. As a member of the 1980 team he was invited to the White House to meet President Jimmy Carter. Wiley has said of meeting the President, "I respected the situation, but I guess I wanted to tell him that he was fighting with the wrong instrument. I heard all of this talk about sacrifice. I thought making a sacrifice was a voluntary thing."
|Representing the |
|1977||IAAF World Cup||Düsseldorf, Germany||1st||4x100 metres|
|1979||Pan American Games||San Juan, Puerto Rico||1st||4x100 metres|
|1981||World Student Games||Bucharest, Romania||1st||400 meters|
|IAAF World Cup||Rome, Italy||1st||400 meters|
|IAAF World Cup||Rome, Italy||1st||4x400 meters|
|1983||Pan American Games||Caracas, Venezuela||1st||400 metres|
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