Kirk Baptiste (born June 20, 1962) is a retired American track and field athlete….who competed in the sprints….but mainly the 200 meters. He competed for the United States at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics ….where he won the silver medal in the 200m with a time of 19.96 seconds….which was the first time anyone had broken 20 seconds and come in second in the race.
In this interview with ABC’s Donna de Varona….sprinter Kirk Baptiste had just won the men’s 200m dash at the 4th World Cup Track and Field Competition…..as he was at the top of his game…..and as good as anyone in the world in the 200m dash.
Donna de Varona Pinto (born April 26, 1947), née Donna Elizabeth de Varona, is an American former competition swimmer….Olympic gold medalist….former world record-holder….and television sportscaster….who at the age of 17 appeared on ABC’s Wide World of Sports….while becoming the youngest and one of the first women sportscasters for a national network….as 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.