January 10th in African American History – Chandra Danette Cheeseborough

Chandra Danette CheeseboroughJanuary 10, 1959 Chandra Danette Cheeseborough, hall of fame track and field athlete, was born in Jacksonville, Florida.

Cheeseborough broke onto the international track scene at the age of 16 by winning two Gold medals at the 1975 Pan American Games. In 1976, she set the American junior record in the 100-meter race.

Cheeseborough ran track at Tennessee State University and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in health/physical education in 1981. At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, she won Gold medals as a member of the 4 by 100-meter relay team and 4 by 400-meter relay team and a Silver medal in the 400-meter race.

Cheeseborough has served as the head coach of the men and women’s track teams at Tennessee State since 1999. She also coached the United States sprinters and hurdlers at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Cheeseborough was inducted into the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2000.

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