Floyd Heard

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Floyd Heard
Personal information
Full nameFloyd Wayne Heard
BornMarch 24, 1966 (1966-03-24) (age 53)
West Point, Mississippi, U.S.

Floyd Wayne Heard (born March 24, 1966 in West Point, Mississippi) is a retired track and field sprinter from the United States, best known for setting the 1986 world's best year performance in the men's 200 m. He did so on 7 July 1986 at a meet in Moscow, Soviet Union, clocking 20.12s. A year later he won the title in the men's 200 m at the 1987 Pan American Games.

Heard's personal best for the 200 m was 19.88 seconds, set at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento on 23 July 2000. That was the race where favorites Michael Johnson and Maurice Greene were pitted as rivals by the media. In a head to head battle, both pulled up during the race, leaving Heard to pick up the pieces behind newcomer John Capel, at age 34 becoming the oldest sprinter to make his first American Olympic team.


Heard attended John Marshall High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (graduating 1985) and Texas A&M.[1] While at A&M, Heard worked with world-renowned conditioning coach Istvan Javorek.

Floyd Heard also owns the American record as part of the Santa Monica Track Club's scorching performance of 1:18.68 in 1994 in the 4 × 200 m relay run, set at the Mt. SAC Relays. His teammates in that race were Mike Marsh, Leroy Burrell, and Carl Lewis.


  • Floyd Heard profile at USATF
  • 1986 Year Rankings
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Floyd Heard". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2012-11-04.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States Lorenzo Daniel
Men's 200 m Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
United States Carl Lewis