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Anthony Bailey wins USATF AOW after pending American record

7/29/2015
 
INDIANAPOLIS -- After displacing a 40-year-old American record in the M55 triple jump, Anthony Bailey wins USATF Athlete of the Week following his performance at the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships last week in Jacksonville, Florida.
 
Bailey (Alpharetta, Georgia) displaced the long-standing American age-group record of 12.62m/41-5 set in 1975 by Gordon Farrell at age 57.
 
After a strong start, it was Bailey’s fifth jump of 12.76m/41-10.5 that surpassed Farrell’s mark. Farrell also held the M55 world record for 14 years until it was eclipsed by Finland’s Olavi Niemi in 1989.
 
Bailey is a member of Atlanta Track Club and helped ATC to a runner-up club team finish at the championships.
 
Other notable performances this week include:
●     Queen Harrison (Woodland Hills, California) smashed the Pan American Games record in the women’s 100mH with a time of 12.52, her third-fastest performance ever. Harrison broke the previous meet record of 12.65, set in 2007.
●       Ashley Higginson (Clinton, New Jersey) won the gold medal in the 3000m steeplechase at the Pan American Games with a meet record of 9:48.12. Higginson broke the meet record of 9:51.13 that was set in 2007.
●       David Oliver (Kissimmee, Florida) claimed gold in the 110mH with a time of 13.07, a Pan American Games record. He ran the race twice, running through the line after a false start called the competitors back. After a 30-minute rest, Oliver lined up again and broke the meet record of 13.10 set in 2011.
●       Marisa Sutera Strange (Pleasant Valley, New York) broke an American record in the W50 1500m in 4:51.86 at the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships. The previous record was 4:52.6 by Kathy Martin in 2012.
Now in its 14th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on www.usatf.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
 
2015 Winners: January 15, Chris Derrick; January 21, Demi Payne; January 28, Casimir Loxsom; February 4, Anselm LeBourne; February 11, Jenny Simpson; February 18, Brycen Spratling; February 25, Maksim Korolev; March 4, Shannon Rowbury; March 11, Mary Norckauer; March 18, Daloria Boone; March 25, Irene Obera; April 2, Michael Stigler; April 8, Allen Woodard; April 15, Joe Kovacs; April 22, Vashti Cunningham; April 29, Jasmin Stowers; May 6, Sanya Richards-Ross; May 13, Bernard Lagat; May 20, Christian Taylor; May 27, David Oliver; June 3, Joe Kovacs; Grant Fisher, June 10; Ben True, June 17; Candace Hill, June 24; Justin Gatlin, July 1; Evan Jager, July 8; Christian Taylor, July 15; Shannon Rowbury, July 22; Anthony Bailey, July 29. 
 
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To nominate an athlete for Athlete of the Week, please send a detailed email about their performance to Communications@usatf.org.

Olivia Odle 
Communications Intern
Olivia.Odle@usatf.org


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