Report: Olympic pioneer Alice Coachman Davis dies

Published On: Aug 06 2014 10:39:13 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 15 2014 05:11:02 AM EDT
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Alice Coachman Davis, the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, has died at the age of 90 in south Georgia, The Associated Press reported.

Davis won the gold in the high jump at the 1948 London games, the AP said. She became a member of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004.

Her daughter, Evelyn Jones, told the wire service that Davis died early Monday.

She attended Tuskegee University and won 25 national track and field championships -- including 10 consecutive high jump titles, according to the AP.

Davis was the only American woman to win a gold medal at the 1948 games, the AP reported.

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