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Sanya Richards-Ross

Sanya Richards-Ross

Event: 400m
Height: 5-8
Weight: 136
PR: 400m - 48.70AR (2006); 100m - 10.97 (2007); 200m - 22.09 (2012)
Born: 02/26/1985
Current Residence: Austin, Texas
Hometown: Austin, Texas
High School: St. Thomas Aquinas H.S. (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) '02
College: University of Texas '06
Coach: Clyde Hart
Agent: Sharon Richards
Sponsor: Nike
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USA Championships
Six-time USA Outdoor 400m champion - 2003 (51.01); 2005 (49.28); 2006 (49.27); 2008 (49.89); 2009 (50.05); 2012 (49.28)
Runner-up at 2014 USA Outdoor 400m (49.66)
3rd at 2012 Olympic Trials 200m (22.22)
2004 Olympic Trials 400m runner-up (49.89)
2002 USA Junior 400m champion (50.69)
 
International Championships
2012 Olympic gold medalist (49.55)
2009 World Outdoor champion (49.00)
Three-time Olympic 4x400m gold medalist - 2004 (3:19.01); 2008 (3:18.54); 2012 (3:16.87)
2008 Olympic 400m bronze medalist (49.93)
Four-time World Outdoor 4x400m gold medalist - 2003 (3:22.63); 2007 (3:18.55); 2009 (3:17.83); 2011 (3:18.09)
2012 World Indoor champion (50.79)
2012 World Indoor 4x400m runner-up (3:28.79)
2006 World Cup 200m (22.23) and 400m (48.70) champion
2005 World Outdoor silver medalist (49.74)
2002 World Junior 400m silver medalist (51.49) and 200m bronze medalist (23.09)
 
Collegiate Championships
2003 NCAA 400m champion (50.58)
2003 NCAA Indoor 200m (22.90) and 400m (51.87) runner-up
 
Awards and honors
American outdoor record holder (48.70)
Two-time IAAF World Athlete of the Year (2006, 2009)
Two-time Jesse Owens Award winner (2006, 2009)
2005 Visa champion and Humanitarian Athlete of the Year
NCAA Indoor 400m record holder (50.82)
2003 USATF Youth Athlete of the Year
Two-time Florida High School Female Athlete of the Year
2002 Gatorade National High School Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year
USA Junior (50.58) and high school 400m record holder (50.69)
 
About Sanya
Long-ranked the world’s best 400m runner, Sanya Richards-Ross brought home her first 400m Olympic gold in 2012. In 2009 Richards-Ross finally won the world title that had been eluding her for her entire career. At the 2012 U.S. Trials she tied the Trials record of 49.28 set by Chandra Cheeseborough in 1984. She has been an imperative leader on the four-time World Championship and three-time Olympic gold medal 4x400m team. Considered one of the world’s fastest women, she has the most sub-50 second 400m races in history. She didn't lose a race in the 400m between the 2005 World Outdoor Championships and the 2007 USA Outdoor Championships. It was a stretch that included breaking 50 seconds nine different times and setting a new American record at 48.70, which also ranked No. 7 on the all-time world list. At just 18 years of age, Richards-Ross won 400m titles both at NCAA Outdoors and USA Outdoors along with running a leg on the World Championships gold medal 4x400m all in 2003. Named Visa Humanitarian of the Year in 2005, her namesake charity, the Sanya Richards Fast Track Program benefits children in need in her native Jamaica. Created in 2007, the program combines literacy, numeracy and promotes an active and healthy lifestyle through sports. She also participates in USATF’s Win with Integrity and awards a scholarship in her name. She married her college sweetheart, Aaron Ross, a two-time Super bowl Champion cornerback with the New York Giants. The wedding was featured on the television show Platinum Weddings. Richards-Ross started filming her own reality show in early 2013.
Results
2014
: 1st at IAAF World Relays 4x400m (3:21.73); 6th at Nike Prefontaine Classic (51.19); 2nd at USA Outdoors (49.66); 1st at Paris (50.10); 2nd at Glasgow (50.39)
2013: 6th at USA Outdoors (51.92); 8th at Pre Classic (53.77)
2012: 1st at Zurich (50.21); 1st at Stockholm (49.89); 1st at Olympic Games 400m (49.55), 5th in 200m (22.39) and 1st in 4x400m (3:16.87); Olympic Trials 400m champion (49.28) and third in 200m (22.22); 1st at adidas Grand Prix 200m (22.09); 1st at Pre Classic 400m (49.39); 1st at Ostrava (50.65); 2nd at Kingston International Invite (50.11); 1st at World Indoor 400m (50.79) and 2nd in 4x400m (3:28.79); 1st at USA Indoors (50.71); 1st at Millrose (50.89)
2011: World Outdoor 4x400m gold medalist (3:18.09), 7th in 400m (51.32); 7th at USA Outdoor 200m (22.68); 1st at London 400m (49.66); 2nd at Lausanne 400m (50.61); 3rd at Ostrava 400m (50.99)
2010: 4th in semifinal at USA Outdoors 400m (51.82); did not compete rest of season; ankle injury.
2009: World Outdoor 4x400m gold medalist (3:17.83); World Outdoor champion (49.00); USA Outdoor champion (50.05); 2nd in 200m at adidas Track Classic (23.03); 1st at Nike Prefonatine Classic 400m (49.86); 1st at Berlin 400m (49.57); 1st at Oslo 400m (49.23, 22.29); 1st at Rome 400m (49.46); 1st at Paris 400m (49.34); 1st at Zurich 400m (48.94); 1st at Brussels 400m (48.83); 1st at World Athletic Final in 400m and 2nd in 200m
2008: Olympic 4x400m gold medalist (3:18.54) and 400m bronze medalist (49.93); Olympic Trials 400m champion (49.89); 1st at Nike Prefontaine Classic 400m (50.10); 1st at Reebok Grand Prix 400m (50.04); 6th at adidas Track Classic 100m (11.26); 1st at Michael Johnson Invite 400m (50.47); 1st at UTA Invitational (22.56)
2007: World Outdoor 4x400m gold medalist (3:18.55); 5th in 200m at World Outdoors (22.70); 2nd in 200m (22.43) and 4th in 400m (50.68) at USA Outdoors; 1st in 400m at Nike Prefontaine Classic 400m (50.74); 1st at Oslo (50.26); 1st at Paris (49.52); 1st at Rome (49.77); 2nd in 200m at Sheffield (22.44); 1st at London (49.79); 2nd in 100m (11.05) 400m (49.72) at Stockholm
2006: USA Outdoor champion (49.27); 1st in 400m (49.25) and 2nd in 200m (22.17) at World Athletics Final; 1st in 200m (22.42) at adidas Track Classic; 1st at Nike Prefontaine Classic 400m (50.89); 1st at Kingston 400m (49.89); 1st in the 200m (22.25) at the Norwich Union GP; 1st at the Oslo 400m (49.82); 1st at Paris 400m (49.73); 1st at Rome 400m (49.31); 2nd in 200m (22.35) at Stockholm; 1st at London 400m (49.05)
2005: World Outdoor silver medalist (49.74); USA Outdoor Champion (49.28); 1st in Zurich (48.92); 1st at Lausanne 400m (49.95); 1st at Rome 400m (49.82); 2nd at Nike Prefontaine Classic 400m (49.98); 1st at adidas Track Classic 400m (50.00)
2004: Olympic 4x400m gold medalist (3:19.01); Olympic Trials 400m runner-up (49.89); 6th at Olympic Games 400m (50.19); NCAA Indoor 200m runner-up (22.49i); 3rd in 400m at NCAA outdoors (50.68); 4th at Zurich 400m (50.91); 1st in 100m (11.32) and 200m (22.73) at Big 12 Championships; 1st in 400m (50.66) at the NCAA Midwest championship; 1st in 60m (7.21i) 1st in 400m (51.45i) at Tyson Foods Invitational
2003: World Outdoor 4x400m gold medalist (3:22.63); USA Outdoor champion (51.01); 1st at NCAA Indoors 4x400m relay (3:27.66), second in 200m (22.90) and 400m (51.87); NCAA 400m champion (50.58); Big 12 Indoor 60m (7.32) and 200m (23.04) champion; 1st in Sacramento 400m (50.58); 4th in heat two of World Outdoor Championships semifinal (51.32)
2002: World Junior 400m silver medalist (51.49) and 200m bronze medalist (23.09); USA Junior champion (50.69); 2nd at Nike Prefontaine 400m (51.16); 1st at Raleigh 200m (23.03); 1st at 100m at Raleigh (11.39)
 
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2014:
Outdoor bests - 400m, 49.66; 4x400m, 3:21.73
2013: Outdoor bests - 400m, 51.43 (No. 12 in the USA, No. 39 in the World, ranked No. 8 in the USA by T&FN) 
2012: Indoor bests - 400m, 50.71 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world); Outdoor bests - 200m, 22.09 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 2 in the world, ranked No. 3 in the USA, No. 5 in the world by T&FN); 400m, 49.28 (No. 1 in the USA by T&FN, No. 2 in the world, ranked No. 1 in the world by T&FN)
2011: Outdoor bests - 200m, 22.63 (No. 10 in the USA, No. 20 in the world, ranked No. 8 in the USA by T&FN); 400m, 49.66 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 4 in the world, ranked No. 3 in the USA & ranked No. 5 in the world by T&FN)
2010: Outdoor bests - 200m, 51.82; 400m, 51.82 (No. 17 in the USA)
2009: Outdoor bests - 200m, 22.29 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 4 in the world, ranked No. 3 in the USA & ranked No. 5 in the world by T&FN); 400m, 48.83 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world by T&FN)
2008: Outdoor bests - 200m, 22.40 (No. 8 in the USA, No. 14 in the world, ranked No. 4 in the USA & ranked No. 6 in the world by T&FN); 400m, 49.74 (No. 1 in the USA by T&FN, No. 3 in the world, ranked No. 1 in the world by T&FN)
2007: Outdoor bests - 100m, 11.05 (ranked No. 8 in the USA by T&FN); 200m, 22.31 (No. 3 in the USA by T&FN, No. 3 in the world, ranked No. 4 in the world by T&FN); 400m, 49.27 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world by T&FN);
2006: Indoor bests - 400m, 51.28 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 14 in the world); Outdoor bests - 200m, 22.17 (No. 2 in the USA by T&FN, No. 3 in the world, ranked No. 2 in the world by T&FN); 400m, 48.70AR (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world by T&FN)
2005: Outdoor bests - 200m, 22.53 (No. 7 in the USA, No. 11 in the world); 400m, 48.92 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world by T&FN)
2004: Indoor bests - 200m, 22.49 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 2 in the world); 400m, 50.82 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 4 in the world); Outdoor bests - 200m, 22.73 (No. 13 in the USA, No. 29 in the world); 400m, 49.89 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 7 in the world, ranked No. 3 in the USA & ranked No. 6 in the world by T&FN)
2003: Indoor bests - 200m, 22.80 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 6 in the world); 400m, 51.87 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 9 in the world); Outdoor bests - 200m, 22.86 (No. 11 in the USA, No. 32 in the world); 400m, 50.58 (ranked No. 1 in the USA & ranked No. 8 in the world by T&FN) 
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