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Willie Gault named USATF Athlete of the Week

5/11/2016
 
INDIANAPOLIS -- Super Bowl Champion turned Masters track and field athlete Willie Gault wins USATF Athlete of the Week after taking down M55 world records in both the 100 and 200 meters Saturday, May 7 at the Oxy Invite in Los Angeles.
 
Gault (Los Angeles) clocked 11.30 in the 100m and 23.24 in the 200m to lower the listed American and world records of 11.44 (2008) and 23.36 (2006) set by the legendary Bill Collins.
 
Gault has a history in the sport as a bronze medalist at IAAF World Championships in 1983, where he placed third in the 110m hurdles with a finish of 13.48. He was a member of the 1980 United States Olympic Team. Gault later competed in bobsled where he was an alternate on the 1988 Calgary squad.
 
Other notable performances of the week include the following:
 
  • Tori Bowie (Hattiesburg, Mississippi) ran a world leading 10.80 in the 100m at IAAF Diamond League Meeting in Doha, Friday.
  • Sandi Morris (Greenville, South Carolina) equaled Diamond League Meet record in Doha with a first-time clearance over 4.83m/15-10.
  • Tia Brooks (Grand Rapids, Michigan) twice surpassed her personal best in shot put, tossing 19.48m/63-11 in Doha

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 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, 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.
 
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