who was the famous sprinter in the olympics with long fingernails who passed away?

Known for wearing six-inch-long, elaborately decorated fingernails, champion sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner (aka FloJo) died in her sleep on September 21, 1998. She was 38.

FloJo set the world record for 100 meters at 10.49 seconds at the 1988 Olympic trials in Indianapolis, then established the mark of 21.34 seconds in winning the 200 meters at the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea, where she also won gold in the 100 meters and the 4x100-meter relay. She also took a silver medal in the 4x400-meter relay.

Florence began racing when she was seven years old, but was forced to give up sport at nineteen in order to help support her family. After marrying 1984 triple jump Olympic champion Al Joyner, she changed her name to Florence Griffith Joyner.

Know more about Florence Griffith Joyner by visiting FlorenceGriffithJoyner.com and by checking her profile on Olympic.org.

Of interest, Forbes shares Five Track World Records That May Never Be Broken.

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