Spearmon named Athlete of the Week

10-04-2006

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Vicky Oddi
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USA Track & Field
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INDIANAPOLIS - Wallace Spearmon has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after winning the men's 200 meters Thursday at the 2006 Daegu International Meeting in Daegu, South Korea.

The 2005 World Outdoor silver medalist, Spearmon crushed the field in the men's 200m crossing the line in 19.65 seconds. Spearmon's time places him third on the all-time list, trailing only National Track & Field Hall of Famer Michael Johnson, who set the world record of 19.32 seconds in winning the gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and Xavier Carter, who ran 19.63 seconds on July 11, 2006 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Now in its sixth 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 the USATF website. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

2006 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 3, Walt Henning; January 10, Amandi Rhett; January 17, Kevin Eastler; January 24, Marisa Hanson; January 31, Me'Lisa Barber; February 7, Reese Hoffa; February 14, Wallace Spearmon; February 21, Ryan Hall; February 28, Terrence Trammell; March 7, Ryan Harlan; March 14, Walter Davis; March 21, Bill Collins; March 28, Johnnye Valien; April 4, Deena Kastor; April 11, Trey Hardee; April 18, Meb Keflezighi; April 25, Deena Kastor; May 2, Alan Webb; May 9, Bershawn Jackson; May 16, Justin Gatlin; May 23, Kim Kreiner; May 30, Bryan Clay; June 6, Sanya Richards; June 13, Xavier Carter; June 20, A.J. Acosta; June 27, Lashinda Demus; July 5, Ebony Collins; July 11, Jeremy Wariner; July 18, Dominique Arnold; August 1, William Wynne; August 8, Nadine O'Connor; August 15, Walter Henning; August 22, Chris Carter; August 29, Khadevis Robinson; September 5, Sanya Richards; September 12, Tyson Gay; September 19, Sanya Richards; September 26, Dennis Simonaitis; October 3, Wallace Spearmon

BEST MARKS WEEK ENDING OCT. 1

MEN

100 - 10.21 Leonard Scott (Nike) - Daegu, KOR 9/28

200 - 19.65 Wallace Spearmon (Nike) - Daegu, KOR 9/28

110H - 13.16 Allen Johnson (Nike) - Daegu, KOR 9/28

TJ - 16.76/55-0 Aarik Wilson (Unat.) - Daegu, KOR 9/28

WOMEN

100 - 11.35 Torri Edwards (Nike) - Daegu, KOR 9/28

100H - 13.45 Jenny Adams (adidas) - Daegu, KOR 9/28

PV - 4.05/13-3.5 Jillian Schwartz (Nike) - Daegu, KOR 9/28