John Lee Gray Jr. is a retired American world class 800 meter runner from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s and the holder of the 600m world best. A four-time-Olympian in 1985 he set the US record of 1:42.60 at a meet in Koblenz. That time puts Gray as the nineteenth fastest performer of all time. He came seventh in the 1984 Summer Olympics, fifth in 1988, and won the bronze medal at the Barcelona Olympics of 1992. In 1993 Gray was one of the favourites to win a gold medal at the World Championships in Stuttgart as he had won the A-race at the prestigious meeting in Zurich. However, he failed to qualify for the final in Stuttgart. He also set the world 600 meter record in 1986 at 1:12.81. In 1992 and 1993 Gray came close to breaking the world indoor record over 800 m several times. He held the US indoor record at 1:45.00 till February 2019.
|College team||Santa Monica College, Arizona State University|
|Personal best(s)||600 metres: 1:12.81 WB, 800 metres: 1:42.60, 1000 metres: 2:17.27|
Record-setting American runner specializing in the 800 meters who took home bronze at the 1992 Olympic Games. He is also a revered track coach who coached Khadevis Robinson to five national championships.
He graduated from California State University, Los Angeles and got his start as a member of the Santa Monica Track Club.
He set a United States record in the 800 meters with a time of 1:42.60 in 1985.
He married Judy Kathryn Terrell and had sons named Johnny, Jared and Jaylon.
He and Tim Montgomery were both members of the 1996 U.S. Olympic track team.
- UCLA Bruins track and field coaches
- Santa Monica College alumni
- World record holders in masters athletics
- Olympic bronze medalists for the United States in track and field
- Athletes (track and field) at the 1987 Pan American Games
- Athletes (track and field) at the 1999 Pan American Games
- American male middle-distance runners
Latest information about Johnny Gray updated on June 23 2021.