|Born||August 10, 1959|
|Event(s)||100 metres, 200 metres|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||100 m: 9.96 s (Athens 1984)|
Lattany attended Glynn Academy, where he was a standout sprinter in track. He also practiced football, where although he was primarily a wide receiver, he also played as a safety, cornerback, punt returner, kickoff returner and was the backup placekicker.
Lattany qualified for the 1980 US Olympic team as a 100 metres sprinter and a member of the 4 × 400 metres relay team, but was unable to compete due to the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott. He did however receive one of 461 Congressional Gold Medals created especially for the spurned athletes.
He won a gold medal in the 100 metres at the 1981 Summer Universiade, and in the 200 metres at the 1981 IAAF World Cup, with a 20.21 seconds finish. On May 5, 1984, Lattany became only the fifth man (second at sea level) to break the 10-second barrier when he clocked 9.96 seconds in Athens, Georgia.
Lattany retired from track in 1985 and signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League on June 20, looking to become an NFL wide receiver as a 25-year-old rookie. At the time, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.29 seconds. He was released on August 19.
Accolades and AwardsEdit
In 2009, Lattany was hnoured as one of the 20 Athletes of the Century at the Drake Relays (he was never beaten in the 100 m, finals and preliminary races, in the four years he competed there, 1978 to 1981; in addition being named outstanding performer in 1981).
- "An Uncommon Rookie Struts His Stuff". New York Times. July 26, 1985. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
- Caroccioli, Tom; Caroccioli, Jerry (2008). Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Highland Park, IL: New Chapter Press. pp. 243–253. ISBN 978-0942257403.
- "SPORTS PEOPLE; Andrews Still Out". June 21, 1985.
- Dent, Jim (July 16, 1985). "Will Lattany be a Dallas catch?". Dallas Times Herald.
- "Transactions". New York Times. August 20, 1985. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
- "3 Ex-Pro Football Players Reinstated". New York Times. March 30, 1987.
- "GEORGIA'S TORRENCE, LATTANY HONORED AS DRAKE RELAYS ATHLETES OF THE CENTURY". georgiadogs.com. April 29, 2009.
- "Hall of Fame Inductees". Glynn County Sports Hall Of Fame. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
- "TRACK & FIELD NEWS RANKINGS". Track and Field News. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
| Men's World Junior Record Holder, 100 metres
30 July 1978 – 24 May 1980
| Men's season's best performance, 100 metres