Wallace Spearmon Charging Into US Track and Field Olympic Trials
Twenty-seven year old Wallace Spearmon is the first to admit he had his hopes and dreams taken away from him in a matter of seconds at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Spearmon crossed the finish line of the 200-meter finals in China in third place. Ecstatic about an Olympic bronze medal, Spearmon was quickly stripped of his prize on a technicality. He had stepped out of his lane, disqualifying him from medal contention. Four years later, Spearmon is back on top of his game, armed and ready to redeem himself this summer in London. He is on a hot streak as of late, posting victories in four of his most recent races.
Spearmon’s streak began at the Powerade Great City Games in Manchester, England where he placed first out of four men running in a 150-meter straight away sprint final in the middle of town. Sporting his Infrared RadarLocks, Spearmon posted a time of 14.87 seconds, well ahead of Dwain Chambers and Marlon Devonish.
The next stop for Spearmon was the city of Ostrava in the Czech Republic for the Golden Spike meet. The Golden Spike was kind to Spearmon where he took first in the 200-meter with a time of 20.14 and helped a 4×100-meter team take first place with a winning time of 38.65.
Feeling confident from his time in Europe, Spearmon returned home to the United States to compete in the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon. Facing a bit of a headwind in Hayward Field, Spearmon’s 20.27 time in the 200-meter was enough for the victory over Martina Churandy (NED) by .22 seconds. Dawning his red RadarLock’s again, Spearmon looked strong and felt great after the race.
On a roll recently, Spearmon looks to keep up his winning ways leading into the U.S. Olympic Trials at the end of June in Eugene. If things remain the way they are going now for Spearmon, he looks to be in the right physical and mental shape to compete with his friend, Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt in the 200-meter this summer in London. Spearmon knows the task at hand before he can look to London however, and spoke of what it would mean to him to make the US Olympic Team this year.
“It means the world to me,” Spearmon said of the opportunity for another shot at an Olympic medal. “To have a second chance, to go out there and redeem myself and represent my country, would be a great honor.”
Best of luck to Wallace in Eugene and we hope to see him continue his winning ways in London!
Spearmon Wins 150m At Powerade Great City Games
Spearmon Takes 200m Victory At Ostrava Golden Spike
Spearmon Victorious At Prefontaine Classic