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Muna Lee: Double-Duty Sprinter


Muna Lee: Double-Duty Sprinter

Muna Lee

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Lee was a surprise winner in the 100 at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, then placed a strong second in the 200. She reached the Olympic final in both events, finishing fourth in the 200 and fifth in the 100. She remained on the world stage in 2009, placing fourth in the 200 at the World Championships in Berlin.

Early promise:

Lee made her first Olympic Trials splash at age 18 in 2000 with an impressive 11.36-second clocking in the opening round. She slipped to 11.67 in the semifinal and didn’t make the team, but she did make a name for herself.

Go get ‘em, Tiger:

Lee won six NCAA championships with Lousiana State, including three in the 4 x 100 relay, two indoor 60-meter titles plus the outdoor 200-meter crown. She was the national runner-up four times, twice in the 100 and twice in the 200.

Career highlights:

Lee’s post-college career has been plagued by injuries, but she’s had some success. At the 2005 World Outdoor Championships, Lee was a part of the victorious American 4 x 100 relay squad and placed seventh in the 100. She placed second in the 2005 U.S. Outdoor 100 meters. Fully healthy at last, she achieved a personal best 10.97 a month before the ’08 Olympic Trials, where she lowered her PR to 10.85 while winning the 100.

The stats:

  • Height: 5-8
  • Weight: 109
  • Birth date: October 30, 1981
  • Hometown: Little Rock, Ark.
  • World Championships: One (2005)
  • Personal bests:10.85 (100 meters); 22.01 (200 meters)


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