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Marquise Goodwin named USATF Athlete of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS --  After capturing a world-leading long jump mark last weekend, Marquise Goodwin wins USATF Athlete of the Week.
At the Meeting Region Guadeloupe, Goodwin (Austin, Texas) jumped 8.45m/27-8.75, which now stands as the best performance of 2016. Goodwin surpassed Ruswahl Samaai’s previous world-leading 8.34m/27-4.5 and topped his personal best of 8.33m/27-4, earned in both 2011 and 2012.
“I was in second place, and I’m a winner,” Goodwin said. “I hate to lose first and foremost. It was all about competing for me. I knew what I had to jump to best the competition and went out there and made it happen.”
Goodwin, who recently wrapped up his third season as a wide receiver with the Buffalo Bills, adjusted his approach prior to Guadeloupe and now favors a hitch kick rather than a hang technique, which he plans to maintain heading into the Olympic summer.
As the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field and Rio Games draw near, there is a key difference for Goodwin. He’s experienced it all before.
“I’m a lot more confident knowing that I've been to an Olympic Games, made it in the final and been ranked No.1 in the world before,” Goodwin said. “Just having that experience under my belt gives me an extra edge.”
At the 2012 London Games, Goodwin finished 10th in the long jump final with his 7.80m/25-7.25. The mark Goodwin earned on Saturday would have been good enough for an Olympic gold medal both in 2012 and in 2008.
Next on Goodwin’s schedule is the Diamond League meet in Rabat, Morocco, the Meeting International Mohammed VI Athletics. For now, he enters the competition with his name topping the 2016 world list.
“It’s very humbling,” Goodwin said. “It’s great to be back in the sport that I love so much. Just to be in my first week out there, I just want to strive to be Athlete of the Week every week.”
Other notable performances of the week include the following:
Ben Blankenship (Eugene, Oregon) pushed the pace to win THE USATF 1 Mile Championships in 3:55.8 after gaining a sizeable lead with 400m to go. Blankenship defeated the field by nearly four seconds. 
Heather Kampf (Minneapolis) won her third consecutive USATF 1 Mile Championships on Thursday, May 12 with her finish in 4:34.2, three seconds ahead of second place.
Chaunte Lowe (Loganville, Georgia) earned a season best and world-leading mark in the high jump on Saturday, May 14 when she cleared 1.96m/6-5 at the Ibero-American Championships during the Rio 2016 Test Event.

Jenna Prandini (Clovis, California) won a sprint double at the Cayman Invitational, where she ran the 100m in 11.16 to beat Jamaica’s Kerron Stewart and two-time Olympic medalist Carmelita Jeter. Prandini finished the 200m in 22.63.
Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton (Santa Fe, New Mexico) won the USATF 25 km Championships by more than a minute with a 1:25:24 finish in her first national championship race as an U.S. citizen.
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 Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
2016 Winners: Jan. 13, Garrett Heath; Jan. 20, Donavan Brazier; Jan. 27, Keni Harrison; Feb. 3, Jenn Suhr; Feb. 10, Vashti Cunningham; Feb. 17, Galen Rupp; Feb. 24, John Nunn; March 2, Curtis Beach; March 11, Bill Collins; March 16, Da’mira Allen; March 24, Michelle Carter; March 31, Janet Bawcom; April 8, Maria Michta-Coffey; April 14, Keni Harrison; April 22, LaShawn Merritt; April 28, Courtney Okolo; May 6, Ida Keeling; May 12, Willie Gault; May 18, Marquise Goodwin.
We welcome your nominations!
To nominate an athlete for USATF Athlete of the Week, please send a detailed email about his/her performance to

Emily Giambalvo
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