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Merritt earns USATF Athlete of the Week after world-leading 200m


INDIANAPOLIS -- LaShawn Merritt wins USATF Athlete of the Week after a world-leading 200 meters on Sunday at the Chris Brown Bahamas Invitational in Nassau, Bahamas.

Merritt (Suffolk, Virginia) ran a world-leading 19.78 to take over the No. 10 all-time U.S. performance and No. 15 on the world all-time performers list.

Merritt, typically a quartermiler, is coming off a double medal performance at the IAAF World Championships, anchoring Team USA to gold in the men’s 4x400m relay for his 11th career gold, as well as a silver medal finish in the individual 400m.

Other notable performances of the week include:

  • Tori Bowie (Hattiesburg, Mississippi) made it a U.S. sweep in the 200m at the CBBI with a winning time of 22.26.  
  • Jenna Prandini (Clovis, California) clocked a world-leading 10.95 to win the 100m at the Mt. SAC Relays in Norwalk, California.
  • Ameer Webb (Tustin, California) won the 100m in 9.90w and the 200m in 19.91 at Mt. SAC. Both were world leads on Saturday before Sunday's performances at the Chris Brown Invitational. Webb's 19.91 was .06 faster than Wallace Spearmon's 11-year-old meet record of 19.97.
  • Johnny Dutch (Clayton, North Carolina) ran a world-leading 48.36 to win the 400m hurdles at the Chris Brown Invitational in Nassau.
  • Sophia Rivera (St. Louis, Missouri) threw the javelin 53.72m/176-3 at the Affton Invitational to move to No. 8 on the all-time U.S. Junior list No. 6 on the all-time prep.

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.


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