YOG 800m gold medalist Marshall named USATF Athlete of the Week
INDIANAPOLIS -- Myles Marshall earns USA Track & Field Athlete of Week after a gold medal-winning performance at Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
Marshall (Kingwood, Texas) immediately raced to the front of the pack in the men’s 800 meters, and he remained the frontrunner heading into the bell lap. Despite falling into third place midway through the back stretch, a resilient Marshall used the last curve to make up the distance. He regained the lead on the final straightaway for a confident victory in 1:49.14 to win a gold medal he never realized was within reach.
“It’s more than I could have ever asked,” said Marshall on the achievement. “I didn’t know what was going to happen at the trials in April, and I didn’t even know I made the team until June. In short, my summer was going to be full of trying to get ready for my senior year, not full of getting ready to take on the best in the world.”
Marshall also competed for Team USA at IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon, where he ran 1:53.98 in the qualifying heats.
Aside from competition in Nanjing, Marshall said, “It’s been a pretty great experience. I got to meet some pretty great people, who are the best in the world in their own sports. The YOG did a great job of connecting people from yogging, to cultural booths and interacting with new people. It was hard to stay in your comfort zone, which helped me build great relationships.”
Now in its 13th 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 www.usatf.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
2014 Winners: January 15, Chris Derrick; January 22, Galen Rupp; January 29, Galen Rupp; February 5, Alexa Efraimson; February 12, Mike Rutt; Feb. 19, Bernard Lagat; Feb. 26,Sharon Day-Monroe; March 3, David Torrence; March 13, Francena McCorory; March 19, Irene Obera; March 26, Duane Solomon; April 2, Maria Michta; April 7, Noah Lyles; April 14, Kendell Williams; April 21, Meb Keflezighi; April 28, Kristi Castlin; May 7, Maria Michta; May 14, Erik Kynard; May 21, Emma Coburn; May 28, Brenda Martinez; June 2, Galen Rupp; June 9, Tori Bowie; June 16, Trayvon Bromell; June 23, Charles Austin; June 30, Devon Allen, July 7, Kaylin Whitney; July 14, Emma Coburn; July 21, Florence Meiler; July 28, Kaylin Whitney; August 4, Ed Burke; August 11, Cierra White; Aug. 21, Gwen Berry; Aug. 27, Myles Marshall.
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