Wallace Spearmon

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Wallace Spearmon
Wallace Spearmon 2010.jpg
Wallace Spearmon on 2010 Weltklasse Zürich
Personal information
Nationality USA
Born (1984-12-24) December 24, 1984 (age 29)
Robbins, Illinois, U.S.
Residence Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Sport
Sport Running
Event(s) 100 meters, 200 meters

Wallace Spearmon, Jr., (born December 24, 1984 in Robbins, Illinois, USA) is a sprint athlete, who specializes in the 200 meters. He is a two-time NCAA outdoor champion in the 200 m and won the silver medal in the event at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics. He has a personal best of 19.65 seconds for the distance, currently the seventh fastest runner of all-time and he also holds the indoor American record.

He has won the bronze medal twice at the World Championships in Athletics in 2007 and 2009. He also finished third at the 2008 Summer Olympics, but was later disqualified for stepping out of his lane.

Career[edit]

Spearmon is a graduate of Fayetteville High School and attended the University of Arkansas, where he competed collegiately for two seasons before turning pro. While at Arkansas, he won the 200 meters NCAA Outdoor title in 2004 and 2005 as well as the NCAA Indoor 200 m title in 2005. In August 2005, he won the silver medal in the 200 m at the 2005 World Championships and in August 2007, he won the bronze medal at the 2007 World Championships. Spearmon won the 200 m at the USA outdoor athletics championships in 2006 and finished second in 2007. At the 2009 World Championships in Berlin he won another bronze. He ran a world best time of 31.88 for the 300 m indoors in February 2006.[1]

His personal best in the 200 m is 19.65 seconds. This time (achieved in Daegu, Korea) made him the third fastest man over the distance at that point.[2] He is currently ranked as the seventh fastest runner ever. Only world record holder Usain Bolt (19.19), Yohan Blake (19.26), Michael Johnson (19.32), Walter Dix (19.53), his training partner Tyson Gay (19.58), and Xavier Carter (19.63) have run faster. Despite the fact that he normally runs a "slower" first half of his 200 m races and goes on to pass people down the stretch, his 100 meters personal best is 9.96 s. He set that mark running in Shanghai on September 28, 2007, beating 100 m world champion Tyson Gay.

Spearmon initially finished in the bronze medal position in the 200 m in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, but was disqualified for stepping out of his lane. The second place finisher, Churandy Martina of the Netherlands Antilles, was also disqualified, giving Americans Shawn Crawford and Walter Dix the silver and bronze medals, respectively.[3]

He posted a quick time of 19.98 seconds in the 200 m in Kingston, Jamaica in April 2010, finishing behind Usain Bolt.[4] He reached the 2010 IAAF Diamond League 200 m final at the Weltklasse Zurich meeting, and (in the absence of points leader Walter Dix) he won the first Diamond Race Trophy with a meeting record of 19.79 seconds.[5] Following the Diamond League win, he ran 19.85 seconds to win at the Rieti IAAF Grand Prix.[6]

At the start of the 2012 season, he broke Michael Johnson's 200 m meet record at the Drake Relays with a run of 20.02 seconds.[7] He finished fourth in the 200 metres final at the 2012 London Olympics. His time of 19.90 seconds was 6/100 of a second outside of a medal placing.

Personal life[edit]

Spearmon's father, Wallace Spearmon, Sr, was also a sprinter. He was the 1987 bronze medalist in the 200 meters at the Pan American Games.

Spearmon was formerly engaged to fellow American track athlete Monica Hargrove.[8]

On an April 2011 episode of MythBusters, he worked with Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman to investigate the possibility of a human running on water. In May 2013 he returned to the show to race 30 ft against a race car.

Personal bests[edit]

Spearmon at the 2007 World Championships
Event Time (sec) Venue Date
60 meters 6.66 Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States February 11, 2012
100 meters 9.96 Shanghai, China September 28, 2007
200 meters 19.65 Daegu, South Korea September 28, 2006
200 meters (indoors) 20.10 NR Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States March 11, 2005
300 meters (indoors) 31.88 WR Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States February 10, 2006
400 meters 45.22 Paris, France July 8, 2006
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spearmon sets world record in indoor 300 meters". www.usatoday.com. 2008-02-11. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  2. ^ Jalava, Mirko & Turner, Chris (2006-09-26). UPDATED - Spearmon blasts to 19.65 in Daegu to become the third quickest 200m runner all-time. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-02-28.
  3. ^ "DQs move Americans into silver, bronze positions". NBC. 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  4. ^ Foster, Anthony (2010-05-02). Bolt sizzles 19.56 in 200m opener in Kingston. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-05-02.
  5. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2010-08-19). Oliver blazes 12.93 in Zürich – REPORT – Samsung Diamond League. IAAF Diamond League. Retrieved on 2010-08-30.
  6. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2010-08-29). Rudisha lowers 800m World record again, 1:41.01; Carter dashes 9.78sec in Rieti - IAAF World Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-08-30.
  7. ^ Dunaway, Jim (2012-04-29). Spearmon, Lowe and Wilson break meet records at Drake Relays. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-05-03.
  8. ^ Bahn, Chris (2008-08-04). Matured, focused Spearmon eyes Olympic gold changes in regimen help former Razorback track star achieve lifelong goat. Arkansas Business. Retrieved on 2009-09-12.

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
United States Shawn Crawford
Men's 200 m Best Year Performance
2005
Succeeded by
United States Xavier Carter