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A park for Flo-Jo


29 May 2000 – Mission Viejo, California – A 17-acre (6.8-hectare) park has been named after the world's fastest female sprinter – late Olympic gold medallist Florence Griffith Joyner.

More than 600 people gathered this weekend for the opening of Florence Joyner Olympiad Park about 60 miles (100 kilometres) south east of Los Angeles.

The crowd cheered as Joyner's husband, Al Joyner, and city officials unveiled a bronze statue of "FloJo,'' depicting her as she crossed the finish line in the 100-metre sprint at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. She also won gold medals in the 200 metres and the 400m relay during the games that year.

"Thank you for naming this beautiful park after such a beautiful and caring woman,'' Joyner told the crowd Saturday.

The track star was 38 when she died at her Mission Viejo home of asphyxiation during an epileptic seizure in September 1998.