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The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis, has died in the US at the age of 90.

A US track and field legend, she set a new Olympic record, winning gold in the high jump at the 1948 London Games.

Alice Coachman Davis Dead

She died in hospital near her home in Albany, Georgia, on Monday, three months after suffering a stroke.

Ms Coachman’s athletic achievements pre-dated the civil rights era, which meant she was barred from public sports facilities because of her colour.
She won her first national title at 16 and went on to win 25 track and field championships before retiring, aged 25, after winning the Olympic gold medal.