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OTIS HARRIS

Event: 400m, 4x400m Relay
Height: 6-1
Weight: 165
PR: 44.16 (2004)
Born: June 30, 1982, in Edwards, Mississippi
Current Residence: Columbia, S.C.
High School: Hinds County (Utica, MS), HS 00
College: South Carolina 04
Coach: Antonio Pettigrew
Agent: Tony Campbell
Club: Nike

Career Highlights: 2004 Olympic 400m silver medalist; 2004 Olympic 4x400m relay gold medalist; runner-up at 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials; eight-time NCAA All-American

Harris and Olympic teammate Jeremy Wariner shared the lead coming down the stretch in the 400m final at the 2004 Olympic Games, before Wariner won the gold medal in 44.00, with Harris picking up the silver medal in a personal best time of 44.16 seconds. In the Olympic final, Harris ran in lane 5 and had made up the stagger on lane 6 by the 200-meter mark of the race, and he led heading into the homestretch.  Harris finished ahead of teammate Derrick Brew, who captured the bronze medal with his time of 44.42, as the American trio swept the mens 400m medals at an Olympic Games for the first time since 1988. Harris shocked himself with his performance at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento with his runner-up finish in the final of the mens 400 meters. Harris, who ran in lane 8, finished second in 44.67 seconds. Every lane is 400 meters and you have to believe in yourself and your plan. I never believed it could happen, so I guess I am a walking dream - a living dream.  I am in still in shock because I came here to make the finals."  He competed at the University of South Carolina and ended his collegiate career following his junior season . A four time letterman in track and football in high school, Harris captured Footlocker and Golden West championships as a prep. His high school track team won three consecutive Mississippi state titles. A Sociology major while at South Carolina.

2005: Did not compete due to injury. Intends to compete in 2006.
2004:
Olympic Games 400m silver medalist (44.16PR)...Olympic 4x400m relay gold medalist (lead leg 44.5, 2:55.91)...runner-up at Olympic Trials (44.76)...ranked #2 in world & U.S. by T&FNbest of 44.16PR.
2003:
Won SEC Outdoor title (45.37PR)set school record with runner-up finish at NCAA Outdoors (44.57PR)qualified for USA Outdoors but did not compete due to injury.
2002: 3rd in 4x400m relay at NCAA Outdoors in school record (3:05.90)5th at SEC Championships8th at NCAA Outdoorsbest of 45.42.
2001:
6th at NCAA Indoors3rd at USA Junior Championshipsbest of 45.90.
2000:
1st at Golden West1st at National Scholastics4th at USA Juniorsbest of 46.56.

9/26/05

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