Maurice Peoples

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Maurice Peoples
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BornDecember 17, 1950 (1950-12-17) (age 70)

Maurice Peoples (born December 17, 1950) is an American former sprinter. [1]


He was two time American champion in the 400 metres.

He also had the dubious distinction of being selected to the 1972 United States Olympic Team as one of the six members of the 4x400 metres relay team, [2] but never getting onto the track as three of his teammates were unable to compete: gold and silver medalists Vince Matthews and Wayne Collett were sent home by a sensitive International Olympic Committee after they appeared inattentive at the medal ceremony, while John Smith had pulled his hamstring while leading 80 meters into the 400 metres final and had been ruled unfit to run. [3] [4]

Peoples went to G. A. R. Memorial Junior Senior High School in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where he was the 1968 and 1969 state champion in the Triple jump, coached by longtime coach Vince Wojnar. [5] Peoples next went to Arizona State University where he is still ranked second in the 400m on their all-time list, behind 1968 Olympian Ron Freeman. [6]

Peoples is an ordained minister and coached for 35 years. He is one of the authors of Sprint Secrets [7]

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  1. "Profile". Retrieved May 23, 2012.
  3. "Milburn, Matthews Win Gold, But U.S. Trails". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. September 8, 1972. Retrieved March 23, 2010.
  4. Chuck Johnson (September 8, 1972). "Matthews, Collett Barred for Conduct on Victory Stand". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved March 23, 2010.
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 6, 2013. Retrieved July 31, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. Peoples, Maurice; Houston, James; Baker, Abram (2005). Sprint secrets: Reaching your Olympic dreams. ISBN   0977632806.