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Track + Field – 1985 – 4th World Cup Special – Donna De Varona Interviews 200m Winner Kirk Baptiste


Kirk Baptiste (born June 20, 1962) is a retired American track and field athlete…..who mainly competed in the 100m and 200m for the United States….as he did at the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, United States….where he won the silver medal in the 200m with a time of 19.96 seconds. This was the first time anyone had broken 20 seconds and come second in the race. Baptiste was diagnosed with HIV in the 1990’s….and after spending a decade abusing drugs to escape….he began treatment at “A Caring Safe Place” in Houston in 2006. As seen in this video herewith, Kirk Baptiste won the mens 200m dash at the 1985 World Cup Competition..

Donna de Varona (born April 26, 1947) is an American former competition swimmer….Olympic gold medalist….former world record-holder….and television sportscaster.  At the age of 17, she appeared on ABC’s Wide World of Sports….thus becoming the youngest and one of the first women sportscasters for a national network.  Her groundbreaking career has earned her an Emmy….two Gracies….and the opportunity to cover a wide variety of sports events including 17 winter and summer Olympic games. In 2006, she was inducted into the Museum of Television & Radio’s first class of fifty “She Made It” pioneers in media.

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