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David Neville

David Neville

Event: 400m
Height: 6-3
Weight: 160
PR: 400m 44.61 (2008)
Born: 06/01/1984
Current Residence: Valencia, Calif.
Hometown:
High School: Merrillville (Ind.) HS ‘02
College: Indiana ‘06
Coach: John Smith
Agent: Danny Escamilla
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USA Championships
Third at 2008 Olympic Trials (44.61)
2003 USA Junior 200m champion (21.11)
 
International Championships
2008 Olympic 400m bronze medalist (44.80) and 4x400m relay gold medalist (3rd leg – 2:55.39 Olympic record)
2003 Pan Am Junior Championships 200m runner-up (20.63)
 
Collegiate Championships
Third at 2006 NCAA Outdoors (44.94)
 
Awards and Honors
Five-time NCAA All-American
2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year
 
About David
In the 2008 Olympic 400m final, out of Lane nine, he physically dove across the finish line with a time of 44.80 seconds, holding off Bahamian Chris Brown who placed fourth in 44.84. “Sometimes we have to sacrifice our bodies, our minds, our spirits,” Neville said after the race. “That’s what I did. I knew I had to dive.” In the same Olympic Games, he captured gold as a member of the 4x400m relay team. Neville ran the third leg with a split of 44.16 helping the relay team set the Olympic record (2:55.39). The speedster attended Indiana University from 2003-2005, redshirting his freshman year so he could be a member of the IU marching band as a snare drummer. Music is a big part of Neville’s life as he has been playing since the fourth grade. He also plays music at his church, the Santa Clarita Christian Fellowship. After returning to the track, he found his way into the IU records book on multiple occasions as he set records for the 200m, 400m, 4x400m relay and the distance medley relay. In addition to the school records, he captured four Big Ten conference titles. After an outstanding career at IU, Neville decided to forgo his senior season so he could sign a professional contract. He did, however, complete his degree in music education and would like to teach music at the middle school or high school level following his track career. 
Results
2012: 3rd at Adidas Grande Prix (45.99); 5th at Daegu (46.46); 4th at USATF Classic (47.94).
2011: 2nd at Daegu (45.24); 6th in semi-final heat at USA Outdoors (45.85); 4th at Prefontaine Classic (45.70); 3rd at Shanghai (45.58)
2010:  Did not start in semifinal at USA Outdoor Champs; 1st at Ponce GP (45.44); 8th at Paris (45.83); 5th in Lausanne (45.39); 7th at Monaco (45.65); ranked #8 in U.S. by T&FN; best of 45.39
2009:5th at USA Outdoors (45.49); 2nd at Athens (45.14).
2008: Olympic Games 400m bronze medalist (44.80); Olympic 4x400m relay gold medalist (3rd leg – 2:55.39 Olympic record); 3rd at Olympic Trials (44.61PR); 3rd in semis at Olympic Trials (45.03); 3rd at Baie Mehault (45.08).
2007: 7th at USA Outdoors (46.06).
2006: 3rd at USA Outdoors (44.75); 3rd at NCAA Outdoors (44.94); Big Ten Outdoor champ (45.49); Big Ten Outdoor 200m champ (20.85).
2005: Big Ten Outdoor 400m champion (45.89); Big Ten 200m runner-up (21.05); 5th in opening round at USA Outdoors (46.77).
2004: 7th at NCAA Outdoors (45.31); Big Ten Outdoor champion (45.05); Big Ten Outdoor 200m champion (20.39); 4th in opening round at Olympic Trials (45.69).
2003: U.S. Junior 200m champion (21.11); Pan Am Junior Champs silver medalist (20.63).
 
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2011: Outdoor bests – 400m, 45.24 (No. 11 in the USA, No. 28 in the world)
2010: Outdoor bests – 400m, 45.39 (No. 15 in the USA, No. 44 in the world)
2009: Outdoor bests – 400m, 45.14 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 20 in the world)
2008: Outdoor bests – 400m, 44.61 (No. 4 in the USA, No. 6 in the world); 4x400m relay, 2:55.39 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world)
2007: Outdoor bests – 400m, 45.24 (No. 12 in the USA, No. 28 in the world)
2006: Outdoor bests – 400m, 44.75 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 11 in the world); 200m, 20.74
2005: Outdoor bests – 400m, 45.89; 200m, 20.90
2004: Outdoor bests – 400m, 45.05 (No. 12 in the USA, No. 24 in the world); 200m, 20.39 (No. 14 in the USA, No. 28 in the world)
2003: Outdoor bests – 200m, 20.63
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