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Oliver named USATF Athlete of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS - David Oliver (Orlando, Fla.) has been named USATF’s Athlete of the Week after defeating U.S. champion Ryan Wilson and world record holder Aries Merritt on Saturday at the Great North CityGames in Gateshead, England.

“Gateshead was a very nice environment and a fun season-ending meet,” said Oliver.  “Having all those spectators just an arm’s reach away gave them unprecedented access to us and the interaction was really cool.”

Oliver, the 2013 World Champion, won six consecutive 110m hurdles races beginning with three races in Moscow at the IAAF World Championships, followed by wins at London, Zurich and finally, the Great North CityGames. He also claimed the Diamond League title.

“My season was great,” said Oliver.  “I accomplished nearly all of my goals I set for 2013.  Being the world champion was my main focus this year and I did that.  This was easily the best year of my career, not only from the standpoint of winning a lot of races and being world number one. I’ve done that before. It’s because given all the things I’ve gone through the past two seasons, to grind my way back to the top of the event made it all that much better. “

Other notable performances for the week included master’s athlete Greg Mitchell’s American age-group (M40) record for 20 kilometers ran Friday the 13th at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.  Mitchell clocked 1:04:47.16 to surpass the record from 2005 held by John Metzgar (1:08:21.5). 

Now in its 12th 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.

2013 Winners: January 9, Bobby Mack; January 16, Mary Cain; January 22, Ajeé Wilson; January 30, Duane Solomon; February 6, Chris Derrick; February 13, Jeremy Taiwo; February 20, Alysia Montaño; February 27, Galen Rupp; March 6, Jenn Suhr; March 13, Tia Brooks; March 20, Bridget Franek; March 27, Ben True; April 3, Darvis “Doc” Patton; April 10, Octavious Freeman; April 24, Erik Kynard; May 1, Queen Harrison; May 8, Tyson Gay; May 15, Jon Olsen; May 22, Mary Cain; May 29, Michael Tinsley; June 5, Mary Cain; June 12, Brianna Rollins; June 26, Brianna Rollins; July 3, Thomas Burns; July 10, Ryan Whiting; July 17, William Bell. Sr.; July 24, Jenny Simpson; July 31, Tia Jones; August 14, Brittney Reese; August 21, LaShawn Merritt; August 28, Megan Glasmann; September 4, Matt Tegenkamp; September 11, Mandy Ortiz; September 18, David Oliver.


Taking to the streets of Gateshead, England, Team USA picked up four wins at the Great North City Games, led by Athlete of the Week David Oliver (see above).

Garrett Heath won the men's road mile in 4:01.56 to beat the world's fastest 1500 man this year, Asbel Kiprop of Kenya, by more than five seconds. Morgan Uceny made it a sweep of the miles for Team USA as she clocked 4:33.97 and took the measure of Moscow 1500 third- and fourth-placers Hellen Obiri and Hannah England, as well as World steeplechase champ Milcah Chemos.

Mike Rodgers was the other American winner, speeding to a 14.90 in the 150 to beat Kim Collins of St. Kitts.

Bettie Wade was the only U.S. athlete to complete the multis at Talence, France's Decastar meet, scoring 5,667 points to take ninth in the heptathlon. World decathlon champion and record-holder Ashton Eaton was forced to withdraw during the high jump as a precautionary measure against injury.

Eaton clocked 10.60 in the 100m and added a 7.50m/24-7.25 long jump, the second best mark of the competition, before throwing the shot put 13.94m/45-9.

Sharon Day was also a dnf in the heptathlon after a 14.01 in the 100m hurdles and a big 14.75m/48-4.75 to win the shot put as she no-heighted in the high jump.

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