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Tim Seaman

Tim Seaman

Event: Race Walk
Height: 5-9
Weight: 135
PR: 20 km Walk - 1:22:02AR (2004); 50 km Walk - 4:05.35 (1998); 5 km Indoor Walk – 19:15.88AR (2006)
Born: 05/14/1972
Current Residence: Chula Vista, Calif.
Hometown: Long Island, N.Y.
High School: North Babylon (Long Island, N.Y.) '90
College: Wisconsin Parkside '95
Coach: Stephen Plaetzer
Agent: Self
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Club: New York Athletic Club (NYAC)
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USA Championships
13-time USA Indoor 5,000m RW champion – 1998 (19:54.36); 1999 (19:45.04); 2000 (19:32.11); 2001 (19:29.96); 2002 (19:46.40); 2003 (19:21.56); 2004 (19:30.59); 2005 (19:56.41); 2006 (19:15.88AR); 2007 (19:24.38); 2009 (19:59.06); 2010 (20:57.47); 2013 (12:08.65)
Seven-time USA 20 km champion – 1998 (4:05:35); 2000 (1:25:41); 2002 (1:26:41); 2004 (1:25:40); 2005 (1:26:41); 2009 (1:26:14); 2013 (1:30:13)
2014 USA Indoor 3,000m RW champion (11:40.75)
2010 USA 10 km champion (42:56)
 
International Championships
Two-time 20 km Olympian (2000, 2004)
 
Awards and Honors
Three-time American outdoor race walk record holder – 3,000m (11:19.20); 5,000m (19:28.66); 10,000m (39:43.85)
Four-time American road race walk record holder – 5 km (19:09); 10 km (39:22.70); 15 km (1:01.30); 20 km (1:22:02)
American indoor 5,000m RW record holder (19:15.88)
 
About Tim
Possibly the most successful racewalker in American history, Tim Seaman holds an astonishing eight separate American records. Not showing any signs of slowing down, Seaman captured gold in both the USA Indoor 5,000-meter racewalk championship and the USA Outdoor 20km racewalk championship. Seaman won the USA Indoor 5,000m title in 2010 for his 43rd career national title, in the process passing the 42 crowns won by National Track & Field Hall of Famer Henry Laskau. Seaman made history with his 11th career victory in the men's 5,000m race walk at the 2009 USA Indoor Championships in Boston, finishing in 19:59.06. Seaman now holds 14 USA Indoor titles, which is the most in the sport's history, passing the 12 from Lance Deal. Finished 20th at the 2004 Olympic Games and bettered the previous top American Olympic time of 1:25:42 by Marco Evoniuk’s seventh-place finish at the 1984 Olympics. Seaman bettered his own American 20 km RW record in 2004 with his first place finish in Copenhagen in 1:22:02. He ended his 2003 season with a bang by setting two road records in two days at the Gehen Cup in Hildesheim, Germany. He started out as a miler on his high school track team (PR 5:07): “The walk is a high school event on Long Island, and we needed extra points, so the coach asked me to do the walk.” The summer after his senior year, he won the junior national title in the walk (10 km in 49:36.14), and was given a scholarship to Wisconsin/Parkside, where he became the first four-time NAIA race walk champion in the history of the school. Earned a degree in political science there. Continuing in the sport after college, he says, was “most definitely a financial sacrifice. I saw myself as having a one percent chance of making the Olympic team. It’s not a lot, but it’s something.” He moved to Georgia, switched coaches, and cut more than five minutes off his 20 km time in a year. He had surgery in October 1998 to fix a muscle that was pulling away from his pelvic bone: ‘to stabilize the hip without decreasing flexibility’…the surgery did not work and in November 1999 he had surgery again in Milwaukee, where Dr. Richard Cattey discovered five hernias in his lower abdomen. In May of 2010 he was hired as the head cross country coach at Cuyamaca College near San Diego Calif. He coached top 2010 USATF Youth Athlete of the Year Trevor Barron and is married to Canadian race walker Rachel (Lavelle) Seaman. 
Results
2013: 
USA Outdoor 20 km RW champion (1:30:13); 4th at Pan-Am RW Cup Trials (1:28:03); USA Indoor 3,000m RW champion (12:08.65)
2012: 4th at Olympic Trials in 20,000 RW (1:25:58); USA Indoor runner-up (12:01.48); 4th at IAAF Race Walking Cup Team Trials 20km (1:25:58); U.S. Olympic Team Trials 50km runner-up (4:05:50)
2011: USA 15 km runner-up (1:09:15)
2010: USA Outdoor 20 km runner-up (1:33:10); USA Indoor 5,000m champion (20:57.47)
2009: USA Indoor champion (19:59.06); USA Outdoor 20 km champ (1:26:14); USA 10 km champ (42:56)
2008: 5th at Olympic Trials in 20,000m RW (1:31:35); 93rd at World Cup (1:38.11)
2007: 1st at USA Indoors (19:24.38); USA Outdoor 20 km runner-up (1:28:18); 31st at World Outdoors (1:33:58); 1st at USA 1-mile indoor (5:51.18); 13th in 20 km walk at La Coruna (1:23:38); 2nd in 20 km walk at USA Pan Am Race Walk Cup Trials (1:24:21)
2006: 3rd in 20km at USA Outdoors (1:29:56.84); USA Indoor champion (19:15.88AR); 3rd at Hauppauge (1:27:26)
2005: USA Outdoor champion (1:26:41); USA Indoor champion (19:56.41); 31st at World Outdoor Champs (1:29:58)
2004: 1st at Olympic Trials 20km race walk (1:25:40); 2nd at 50 km Olympic Trials (4:08:06); 20th at Olympic Games (1:25:17); USA Indoor 5 km champion (19:30.59); set American 20 km record by placing 1st in Copenhagen (1:22:02)
2003: USA Indoor 5 km champion (19:21.56); runner-up at USA Outdoors 20 km (1:24:47); U.S. 5 km champion (20:32); set new AR 5 km record of 19:09, and 10 km AR of 39:59 in two days’ time in Hildesheim, Germany; 4th at Pan American Race Walk Cup 20 km (1:25.24), leading the U.S. to the team title
2002: USA Outdoor 20 km champion (1:26:41); USA Indoor 5 km champion (19:46.40); 2nd at USA 20 km Road Champs (43.27); 3rd at USA 50 km Champs (4:07:43); 13th at World Cup 50 km
2001: USA Indoor 5K champ (19:29.96); 3rd at USA 50K champs (4:14:12); 2nd in USA 20K champs (1:26.15); DQ in 20K at World Championships
2000: Won Olympic Trials 20kW (1:25:41); placed 40th at Olympics (1:30.32); set AR in 20k twice; 1:24:25 in Sacramento on Feb. 13, and 1:23:40 on Aug.19 in LaJolla, Calif. Also during his 20k record performance on Aug. 19, Seaman set the AR for 15K at 1:02:30; won USA Indoor 5K (19:32.11)
1999: 2nd in 20K at USA Outdoors (1:23:42); 24th at World Champs (1:35:58); won USA Indoor 5K (19:45.04)
1998: Won USA Indoor 5,000W (19:54.36); 3rd in USA 50K Champs (4:05:35); won USA 20K Champs (1:35.07.70)
1997: 2nd in USA Indoor 5000W (20:12.06); 3rd in USA Outdoors (1:29:59.09); 12th in World University Games (1:34:41)
1996: 2nd in Olympic Trials (1:30:27); 4th in USA Indoor 5000W (20:38.87)
1995: 6th in USA Outdoors (1:29:20.7); 15th in World University Games (1:35:37)
1994: 7th in USA Outdoors (1:31:18)
1993: 10th in USA Outdoors (1:34:49)

USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2013: 
Outdoor bests - 20km, 1:28:03 (No. 2 in the USA, ranked No. 1 in the USA by T&FN)
2012: Outdoor bests – 20kmW, 1:25:58 (No. 2 in the USA by T&FN); 50kmW, 4:05:50 (No. 2 in the USA by T&FN) 
2011: Outdoor bests – 20kW, 1:31:29 (No. 4 in the USA by T&FN)
2010: Indoor bests – 5,000mW, 20:57.47; Outdoor bests – 20kW, 1:33:10 (ranked No. 3 in the USA by T&FN)
2009: Indoor bests – 5,000mW, 19:59.06 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 27 in the world); Outdoor bests – 20k W, 1:26:14 (No. 1 in the USA by T&FN)
2008: Outdoor bests – 20kW, 1:31:35 (No. 5 in the USA)
2007: Indoor bests – 5,000mW, 19:24.38 (No. 1 in the USA); Outdoor bests – 20kW, 1:23:38 (No. 2 in the USA by T&FN)
2006: Indoor bests – 3,000mW, 11:26.62 (No. 1 in the USA); 5,000mW, 19:15.88 (No. 1 in the USA); Outdoor bests – 20kW, 1:27:26 (No. 3 in the USA by T&FN)
2005: Indoor bests – 3,000mW, 11:38.71 (No. 1 in the USA); 5,000mW, 19:56.41 (No. 1 in the USA); Outdoor bests – 20kW, 1:26:41 (No. 1 in the USA by T&FN)
2004: Indoor bests – 3,000mW, 11:35.90 (No.1 in the USA); 5,000mW, 19:30.59 (No. 1 in the USA); Outdoor bests – 20kW, 1:22:02 (No. 1 in the USA by T&FN)
2003: Indoor bests – 5,000mW, 19:21.56 (No. 1 in the USA); Outdoor bests – 20kW, 1:24:47.37 (No. 2 in the USA by T&FN)
2002: Indoor bests – 3,000mW, 11:52.7 (No. 1 in the USA); 5,000mW, 19:46.40 (No. 1 in the USA); Outdoor bests – 20kW, 1:26:40 (No. 2 in the USA, ranked No. 1 in the USA by T&FN)
2001: Indoor bests – 5,000mW, 19:29.96 (No. 1 in the USA); Outdoor bests – 20kW, 1:26:15 (No. 2 in the USA by T&FN); 50kW, 4:14:12 (No. 3 in the USA by T&FN)
2000: Indoor bests – 5,000mW, 19:32.11 (No. 1 in the USA); Outdoor bests – 20kW, 1:23:40 (No. 1 in the USA); 50kW, 4:05:35 (No. 3 in the USA by T&FN)
1999: Indoor bests – 3,000mW, 11:19.20; Outdoor bests – 10,000mW, 39:43.85; Outdoor bests – 20kW, 1:23:42
1998: Outdoor bests – 20kW, 1:35.07; 50kW, 4:05.35 (ranked No.2 in the USA by T&FN)
1997: Outdoor bests – 20kW, 1:25:59 (ranked No. 3 in the USA by T&FN)
1996: Outdoor bests – 20kW, 1:29:21 (ranked No. 2 in the USA by T&FN)
1994: Outdoor bests – 20kW, 1:29:27 (ranked No. 7 in the USA by T&FN)
1993: Outdoor bests – 20kW, 1:32:50
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