Derrick Adkins


Events: 400 hurdles, 400 meters

Height: 6-2

Weight: 180

PR: 400mH 47.54 (1995)

Born: July 2, 1970, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Current Residence: Atlanta, Ga.

High School: Malverne, NY '88

College: Georgia Tech '92

Coach: Grover Hinsdale

Agent: Charlie Wells

Club: unattached

Career Highlights: 1996 Olympic champion; 1995 World champion; 1993, 1994 U.S. Outdoor champion; 2-time GP Final winner; 1991 World University Games champion.

Adkins started out as a sprinter, but was taught to hurdle by his father, Earl, who was once a hurdler himself. At age 7, Adkins ran for the track club his father organized... and idolized Edwin Mosesran a solid 14.05 for the high hurdles in high school, and led the nation with a 50.71 over the one-lap hurdlesearned an engineering degree at Georgia Tech in 1992 in 1994 he went big-time by running eight sub-48-second races in two monthstrains with Octavius Terry and Angelo Taylorlikes to read and watch movieshas been active in community service, working with youth at a local community center.

1999: With a season hampered by injuries, he finished 7th in semis at USA Outdoors (52.28)ranked #6 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 48.71.

1998: 8th in semis at USA Outdoors (49.79 heat)8th in Goodwill Games (49.74)ranked #10 U.S. by T&FNbest of 48.72.

1997: 2nd in USA Outdoors (48.00)5th in semis at World Champs (48.95)PR 46.42 for 400mranked #8 in world (#2 U.S.) by T&FNbest of 48.00.

1996: Gold in Olympic Games (47.54 =PR)2nd at Olympic Trials (48.18)won GP Final (48.63)...3rd in 400 meters at USA Indoor (46.54) ranked #1 in world by T&FNbest of 47.54.

1995: Gold at World Champs (47.98) won USA Outdoors (48.44)2nd in Lausanne GP (47.54 PR) won 400 heat at USA Indoors (46.86)ranked #1 in world by T&FNbest of 47.54.

1994: Won USA Outdoors (48.41) and Goodwill Games (47.86)2nd in GP Final (48.05) 2nd in 400 at USA Indoors (46.37)ranked #2 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FNbest of 47.70.

1993: 2nd in USA Outdoors (48.69)won World University Games (49.35)7th in World Champs (49.07)ranked #7 in world (#2 U.S.) by T&FNbest of 48.39.

1992: 4th in Olympic Trials (48.87)ran third leg on 3rd-place 4 x 400 at NCAA Indoors (46.1 for 3:07.15)won ACC (48.64)...3rd in 110H (13.69w)8th in NCAA (51.67, fell)...third leg on winning 4 x 400PR 13.69 for 110Hranked #9 in world (#4 U.S.) by T&FNbest of 48.64.

1991: Won World University Games (49.01)2nd in NCAA (49.75)3rd in USA Outdoors (48.60)6th at World Champs (49.28) won ACC (49.42)...2nd in 110H (13.86)...ranked #7 in world (#4 U.S.) by T&FNbest of 48.60.

1990: 6th at NCAA7th in USA Outdoorsranked #9 U.S. by T&FNbest of 49.53.

1989: Won USA Juniors5th in NCAAgold at Pan Am Juniors; second leg on winning 4 x 400best of 50.25.

1988: Won New York HS state indoor title in 4 x 200won New York HS state titles in 110H, 400H, and 4 x 1004th in USA Juniorsbest of 50.71.

1987: Won New York HS state title in 400Hbest of 52.65.