Open main menu

Deworski Odom (born April 11, 1977) is a former American sprinter who specialized in the 100 metres. As a 17-year-old, he won a bronze medal in the 100 metres at the 1994 World Junior Championships, surpassing Henry Thomas's World Youth Best over this distance.

Deworski Odom
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1977-04-11) April 11, 1977 (age 42)
Cordele, Georgia
ResidencePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg)
Event(s)Sprints, Hurdles
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100m: 10.26 (Lisbon 1994)
110m h: 13.44 (Flagstaff 2000)

Odom was born in Cordele, Georgia, to Lessie Odom, then 16.[1] When he was 4 years old, he moved with family to Philadelphia. He began running as a sixth-grader at Shoemaker Middle School.[2] He later attended Overbrook High School.[3] In the 1995 National Scholastic Indoor Track and Field Championships in Syracuse, New York, Odom set three national records.[4]

Although recruited by every major track program in the United States, Odom could not attend college because his academics were subpar. He went to Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama, where his career derailed.[5]


  1. ^ Pollak, Sally (April 27, 1995). "Overbrook Speedster Is Set For Penn Relays Odom Can Leave The Competition In His Dust". Inquirer.
  2. ^ Silary, Ted (May 28, 1994). "Odom Does All He Can To Boost Overbrook". Daily News Sports.
  3. ^ "Faces in the Crowd". Sports Illustrated. April 3, 1995.
  4. ^ "Results Plus". New York Times. March 13, 1995.
  5. ^ Silary, Ted (April 22, 1997). "His Times Went South In College: Overbrook's Odom Struggles On And Off Track In Alabama". Daily News Sports.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
  Henry Thomas
Boys' World Youth Best Holder, 100 metres
21 July 1994 – 14 April 2001
Succeeded by
  Darrel Brown