INDIANAPOLIS -- Three-time national champion John Nunn earns USATF Athlete of the Week after a first-place finish Sunday, Feb. 21, at U.S. Olympic Team Trials - 50 km Race Walk in Santee, California, where he qualified for his third Olympic Team and picked up his second U.S. 50K title in as many years.
Nunn (Bonsall, California), who was battling flu symptoms up until midway through the race, maintained an average mile pace of 7:50 and broke the tape in 4:03:21 for a personal best as he punched his ticket to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
“When I started this years ago, I never would have imagined that I would have the honor of three-time Olympian attached to my name,” said Nunn. “That’s really cool. I’ve been really fortunate. It means a lot.”
Nunn competed in the 50 km event at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, as well as in the 20 km at the 2004 Games in Athens.
Below are other notable performances of the week:
Tara Davis (Agoura Hills, California) won the long jump with a 6.37m/20-10.75 leap and the 60-meter hurdles in 8.34 at the Simplot Games in Pocatello, Idaho.
Jordan Geist had a 22.18m/72-9.5 shot put in Pennsylvania, making him the No. 3 all-time high school indoor performer.
Shannon Rowbury (Portland, Oregon) ran 4:24.39 to win her second straight Wanamaker Mile at the 109th Millrose Games in New York City on Saturday, Feb. 20.
Matt Centrowitz (Portland, Oregon) won his third Wanamaker Mile, clocking 3:50.63 for a meet record at the 109th Millrose Games. His performance moves him to No. 4 on the all-time indoor mile list.
Drew Hunter (Loudoun Valley, Virginia) ran a 3:57.81 mile, improving his two-week old high school indoor mile record at the 109th Millrose Games.
Now in its 15th 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.
2016 Winners: Jan. 13, Garrett Heath; Jan. 20, Donavan Brazier; Jan. 27, Kendra Harrison; Feb. 3, Jenn Suhr; Feb. 10, Vashti Cunningham; Feb. 17, Galen Rupp; Feb. 24, John Nunn.
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