Anthuan Maybank

Born December 30, 1969
in Georgetown, SC
6-1/1.85m	165lbs./75kg
Georgetown HS, Georgetown, SC '89
Iowa '94

PRs (outdoor):
100 10.45 '94 (10.31w '94)
200 20.41 '96 (20.19w '96)
300 31.61 '96
400 44.15 '96 (43.87 relay '96)
LJ 27-1/8.25m '93 (27-6.75/8.40w '93)

PRs (indoor):
200 21.52 '92 (21.08-oversized '95)
400 47.55 '90
LJ 27-0.75/8.25 '95

Major Meets (400 unless noted):
1991	5h)NCAA
1992	3)NCAA Indoor LJ
	8h)Olympic Trials
1993	4)NCAA Indoor LJ
1994	6h)NCAA
1995	4)USA 200
	17q)USA LJ
1996	6qf)Olympic Trials 200
	dq)Olympic Trials (5th)
	2)GP Final

Major Relays:
1996	1)Olympic Games 4 x 400 [4]

No one is saying yet that Anthuan Maybank is the man who's going to run down Michael Johnson. All agree, though, that the Iowa grad is a talent with frightening potential and that he is on track for some major improvements.

That he is little known outside of the sport does nothing to diminish his stature. Figure this: Maybank was ranked number two in the world in 1996 in the 400m, despite being disqualified in the Olympic Trials and not competing in the 400m in the Olympics. The man must be doing something right.

Consider the breadth of his talent: Maybank remains the only man to break through the 27-foot barrier in the long jump in addition to the 45-second barrier in the one-lapper. Then consider he did it all in one weekend in April despite not beginning training prior to March.

When Maybank came out of South Carolina's Georgetown HS in 1989, the only serious athlete in a family of eight, he had already notched marks of 46.39 for 400 and 25-8.5 in the long jump. Not bad for someone who joined the track team only because all of his friends in the school choir were also doing so. Getting the blue chipper to sign was a major recruiting coup for Iowa, and a considerable part of the draw was academics. Maybank concentrated on his studies, earning a double major in English and communications, minor in business.

However, competing for the Hawkeyes was a little more challenging: Maybank didn't find the frigid Iowa winters to his liking. His first year he trained through the cold, winning the Big Ten Indoor 400 in 47.55. Not worth it, he decided. He says, "It was kind of hard for me to train well because it was so cold." He dabbled in the long jump in following indoor seasons, keeping training to a minimum.

Under the coaching of now-retired Ted Wheeler, Maybank saw substantial improvement. At the Drake Relays in 1993, he long jumped 27-6.75 with wind assistance, after first leaping a legal 27-1. Then he came back the next day with his second barrier breaker, a 44.99 one-lapper.

Maybank had his best NCAA Outdoor finishes that year, placing second in the 400 and sixth in the long jump. His senior year, hampered by an injury, didn't give him the same success, and his first post-collegiate season didn't open many doors. He concentrated on the 200 in 1995, reaching a best of 20.46.

With the Olympics approaching rapidly, Maybank decided to move to the sunshine of southern California and signed on with coach John Smith. The former 400 star had coached Steve Lewis and Quincy Watts, the two previous Olympic 400 champs. "I moved to John in March," says Maybank. "But I don't think I was with him enough to get experience in his way of coaching."

A 46.59 in his first outing didn't impress, but the progress that came was hidden from fans. Maybank did his racing last spring during a heavy training phase. Not until the Olympic Trials did he and Smith lift the curtains on the new Maybank. In the first round he PR'd in 44.77, catching an eased-up Michael Johnson at the line. His next two rounds were more restrained, 45.28 and 45.15. He was the slowest of the qualifiers to make the final.

Maybank blasted the final in 44.39, leaving the track thinking he had placed fifth, good enough for a spot on the Olympic relay. "I knew I'd be on the team," he recounts, "even when my coach came and told me I had been DQ'd [for a lane violation]. He said coach Erv Hunt said, 'Don't worry.' That made me feel good. I knew I'd get a gold medal on the team; I just didn't know I'd be anchoring that team."

Maybank amply proved his fitness prior to the Games, hammering a lifetime best of 44.15 to win the Lausanne Grand Prix. He added another GP win at Stockholm in 44.67.

"Strange and different," is how Maybank describes the Olympic experience. "They said I would run a round," he remembers. "After Butch [Reynolds] and Michael [Johnson] got injured I knew that I would be running more rounds than just one. I knew they had a lot of confidence in me. When I ran anchor for the first round, I wasn't sure I'd be anchoring the last, because another man was coming in fresh, Alvin Harrison.

"But everything started to fall into place for me," he admits, "because bad things happened for everyone else."

Maybank responded as heroes do. In the face of criticism that the squad was inexperienced, that without big guns Reynolds and Johnson it would be hard-pressed to hold off Britain and Jamaica, the Americans ran a banner race, the third-fastest in world history. Maybank anchored in 43.87, easily holding off 400m silver medalist Roger Black. "We were all eager to win and eager to prove ourselves," says Maybank.

His mother ("my biggest supporter") remained at home to avoid the heat in Atlanta, and watched the telecast. "She cries every time she sees me on TV," says her son.

With 1996 but a memory now, Maybank confesses some disappointment. "I thought I could have done a lot better last year. I finished up the Olympics just right. I wanted to run better times, that's all." The focus this winter has been on training, Maybank's first full winter of work since 1989-90. "I'm far ahead of where I was last year."

Maybank ignored the long jump in 1996, but says Smith is encouraging him to keep working at it. "I still have my long jump shoes. I'm doing my bounding and technique work. I don't jump that often, but when I do jump, I jump well. If I jump at all this year it won't be much." Coach and athlete agree such top-flight versatility will help Maybank earn the attention he deserves.

But if the former Hawkeye achieves his 1997 goals, he will have no difficulty getting attention. "I want to do a lot better than what I did this year," he says. "I know I want to run mid 43s. If I long jump, I want to go at least 28-6. I plan on running the 200, and I plan to run a good-19 this year." Performances like those would put Maybank in the close company of Johnson and Carl Lewis, something he realizes.

"Basically, I expect a lot from the three events I compete in," he says in his straightforward, yet unassuming, fashion.

Refreshingly, Maybank is focusing on more than track. "I'm trying to find myself a company out here where I can get an internship. I want to learn more. Even if it's not for pay, it would be good job experience." With a dazzling future ahead, he concludes, "I'm just happy right now. It's a good part in my life."