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Regina Jacobs

Regina Jacobs
Medal record
Women’s Athletics
Representing the  United States
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1997 Athens 1500 m
Silver medal – second place 1999 Seville 1500 m

Regina Jacobs (born August 28, 1963 in Los Angeles) is an American former middle-distance runner from Los Angeles. After graduating from Stanford University she represented the USA in three consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea, before ending her long career after a positive drug test.[1]

Jacobs took second place in the 1500 m race at the 6th World Championships in Athletics in Athens (4:04.63) in 1997, and again won the silver medal in the 1500 m at the World Championships in Sevilla in 1999 (4:00.35). In her years of running she won 25 national titles. On February 1, 2003, at age 39 Jacobs set a world record in the indoor 1500 m with a time of 3:59.98, becoming the first woman to break 4 minutes in the event.[2] Jacobs remains the only American woman to run under 4 minutes in the indoor 1500 meters and stands as the USATF American Indoor record holder in 2015. Regina's 2 mile record was broken by Jennifer Simpson in 2015.

In 2003 she retired after she tested positive for BALCO's 'designer' steroid THG and was suspended from competing in track & field for four years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Post Track & Field Career

Since retiring from track & field, she has become a real estate agent in Oakland.[3]


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  3. ^ Track & Field News online discussion: Regina's motto

External links

  • Regina Jacobs profile at IAAF
  • sports-reference
  • Jacobs handed ban from BBC
  • Regina Jacobs Sets 1500M World Record from Cool Running
  • Steroid Is Reportedly Found In Top Runner's Urine Test from New York Times
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