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Lawson nabs USATF Athlete of the Week following first Diamond League victory


INDIANAPOLIS -- Olympian Jarrion Lawson continued his strong summer, earning USATF Athlete of the Week honors following his first Diamond League meeting victory on Sunday, August 20 in Birmingham, England.

The 2017 IAAF World Championships silver medalist, Lawson (Texarkana, Texas) qualified for his first Diamond League final with the victory, leaping 8.19m/26-10.50 to easily beat the rest of the field at the Müller Grand Prix Birmingham. Lawson beat a field that included

Lawson is the 2017 USATF Outdoors champion in the men’s long jump and also earned silver with the Team USATF men’s 4x200m relay at the IAAF World Relays in May.

Other notable performances:

Taylor Ewart — Helped Team USATF to victory over Canada at the 29th USA vs. Canada Junior Race Walking Match in Rome, Georgia. Ewart clocked 24:32 in the junior women’s 5 km walk, over a minute ahead of teammate Lauren Harris in second (25:27).

Cameron Haught The top men’s finisher for Team USATF at the 29th USA vs. Canada Junior Race Walking Match in Rome, Georgia, Haught turned in a silver medal finish with his 49:56 in the junior men’s 10 km walk.

Aries Merritt The 2012 Olympic champion won the men’s 110-meter hurdles Sunday at the Müller Grand Prix Birmingham in Birmingham, England, crossing in 13.29.

Now in its 16th 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 Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

2017 Winners: January 5, Miranda Melville; January 12, Leonard Korir; January 19, Jordan Hasay; January 26, Keni Harrison; February 2, Michael Wardian; February 9, Mikey Brannigan; February 16, Ajee’ Wilson; February 23, Kathy Martin; March 2, Keturah Orji; March 9, Noah Lyles; March 16, Christian Walker; March 23, Allen Woodard; March 30, Bob Lida; April 6, Anna Rohrer; April 12, Sydney McLaughlin; April 19, Ben True; April 26, Jordan Hasay; May 3, Clayton Murphy; May 10, Gwen Berry; May 17, Christian Coleman; May 24, Joe Kovacs; May 31, Christian Taylor; June 7, Sydney McLaughlin; June 14, Christian Coleman; Tianna Bartoletta, June 21; Ryan Crouser, June 28; Sam Kendricks, July 6; Allyson Felix, July 12; Julia Hawkins, July 19; Ajee’ Wilson, July 26; Kayla Davis, August 2; Justin Gatlin, August 9; Emma Coburn, August 16; Jarrion Lawson, August 23.

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To nominate an athlete for USATF Athlete of the Week, please send a detailed email about his/her performance to

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