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TV Dates for US Outdoor T&F Championships

INDIANAPOLIS – 2008 Beijing
Olympic medalists Jeremy Wariner, Shawn Crawford, Walter Dix, David
Oliver and David Payne
will headline a talented group
of men’s sprinters and hurdlers at the 2010 USA Outdoor Track &
Field Championships, June 23-27 at Drake Stadium on the campus of Drake
University in Des Moines, Iowa.

 

The third event of the 2010
USATF Outdoor Visa Championship Series, the 2010 USA Outdoor
Championships will be televised on the following dates (All times
Eastern):

June 25  – 8:00 – 10 p.m. on ESPN
June
26 – 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. on ESPN
June 26 –  3:00 –
4:00 p.m. on NBC
June 27 – 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. on ESPN
June 27 –
3:00 – 4 p.m. on NBC

 

USATF will partner with
RunnerSpace to provide real-time coverage of all events not broadcast on
television beginning on Wednesday, June 23. Highlighted competitions
include Friday’s men’s and women’s 10,000m as well as extensive field
event coverage. In addition to the events’ video coverage, the webcasts
will also include the voices of elite athletes as guest commentators.

The webcasts will be found on
the USATF 2010 Championships page in addition to an already posted video
clip from USATF CEO Doug Logan on the partnership at:
www.usatf.org

 

Visa Men’s 100m

 

Two-time NCAA Outdoor 100m
champion Walter Dix is on the way back from a disappointing 2009 season
following his incredible breakthrough 2008 campaign.  That
year Dix finished fourth in the 100m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships
and second at the U.S. Olympic Trials before capturing the bronze medal
at the Beijing Olympic Games and a #4 world ranking from T&FN.  Dix owns the third-fastest time this season by an
American of 9.98 seconds from his May 8 win in Tallahassee, Fla. 

 

2004 Olympic Games fourth-place
finisher Shawn Crawford will also be in the mix along with 2004 World
Junior champion Ivory Williams, who posted the second-fastest time this
year by an American from his 9.95 clocking on April 17 in Lawrence,
Kans. Other challengers include three-time ACC champion Travis Padgett,
who finished fourth the last two years in this event, and Monzavous
“Rae” Edwards, who finished third at last year’s championships in
Eugene, Ore.  Longtime 200m specialist Wallace
Spearmon, also will line-up for the 100m in Des Moines.

 

Nike Men’s 200m

 

This always highly competitive
event will feature two of the world’s top five athletes from the 2009
season. 

 

2008 Olympian and two-time World
Outdoor Championships (2007, 2009) bronze medalist Wallace Spearmon
will be one of the favorites as he attempts to win his second career USA
Outdoor title. Spearmon, who finished third at this event last year,
ended the 2009 campaign ranked #4 in the world and #2 in the U.S. by T&FN. Spearmon will face a strong challenge from 2004
Olympic 200m gold medalist and reigning national champion Shawn
Crawford, who finished fourth at the 2009 World Outdoor Championships in
Berlin, won the silver medal at the 2008 Olympics and ended the 2009
season ranked #5 in the world by T&FN.

 

Others to watch include 2008
Olympic bronze medalist Walter Dix, who currently owns the third and
fourth-fastest times in the world this year (19.86, 19.89), and 2009 USA
Outdoor Champs fifth-place finisher Xavier Carter.  Rodney
Martin, who has finished third at this event twice and placed fourth at
the 2008 Olympic Trials, should be a factor, and up-and-comer Curtis
Mitchell, a junior at Texas A&M who finished second this month at
the NCAA Outdoor Championships, could also be a factor.

 

Visa Men’s 400m


2004
Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner, who was ranked #1 in the world
from 2004-2007, enters the USA Outdoor Championships looking for his
third career win at nationals. A two-time World Outdoor champion and the
2008 Olympic silver medalist, Wariner is looking to reign again as the
world’s top quarter-miler. Wariner posted the fastest time in the world
this year with his win at Rome on June 10 in 44.73 seconds.

 

Wariner’s challengers will
include his 2008 Olympic Games gold medal winning 4x400m relay teammate
David Neville, who will always be remembered for his dive across the
finish line in the 400m final in Beijing, which secured him the bronze
medal.  Neville, who finished the 2009 season
ranked #9 in the world and #3 in the U.S. at 400m by Track
& Field News,
will be vying for his first ever USA Outdoor
title.

 

2008 Olympic silver medalist and
two-time World 400m hurdles champion Kerron Clement will also take on
Wariner in the open 400m. No stranger to the event, Clement owns two
World Championships 4x400m relay gold medals, and a relay gold from the
2008 Olympic Games, and he finished third in the one-lapper at last
year’s USA Outdoor Championships in Eugene. Clement, who entered this
season ranked #5 in the nation at 400m by T&FN, has
been ranked #1 in the world in the 400m hurdles over the last three
years. 

 

Others to watch include the
University of Florida’s Calvin Smith, who finished fourth earlier this
month at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and owns the fourth-fastest time
in the world this year in running his personal best time of 44.81
seconds in Gainesville, Fla., on April 17. Others to watch include
Jamaal Torrance, who finished the 2009 season ranked #9 in the U.S.,
reigning USA Junior champion Tavaris Tate, who owns the sixth-fastest
time in the world this year (44.86), and two-time Big 12 Conference
outdoor champion and 2008 NACAC champ LeJerald Betters.

 

Nike Men’s 110m Hurdles

 

With four of the world’s top ten
ranked competitors on their way to compete in Des Moines, the men’s
110m hurdles figures to be one of the most competitive and exciting
events at this year’s championships.

 

2008 Olympic Games silver
medalist David Payne enters as the favorite after winning his first USA
Outdoor title last year in Eugene.  Payne captured
his second World Outdoor Championships bronze medal in Berlin last year
before ending the season ranked #4 in the world and #2 in the U.S. by T&FN.

 

His toughest challenge should
come from 2008 Olympic Games bronze medalist David Oliver, who owns
three of the top four times in the world this year, including the
fastest clocking globally this season of 12.99 seconds from his win in
Shanghai on May 23. Others to watch include 2009 USA Outdoor
Championships third-place finisher Aries Merritt, who ended last season
ranked #7 in the world, and Dexter Faulk, who posted wins last year at
Grand Prix events in Paris and Berlin before ending the season ranked #5
in the world. 2008 Olympic Trials fifth-place finisher Antwon Hicks
could also be a factor in this race.

 

Hershey Men’s 400m
Hurdles

 

2005 World Champion Bershawn
“Batman” Jackson is the prohibitive favorite in this race as he looks to
win his third consecutive USA Outdoor 400m hurdles crown. Jackson, who
won the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, also won bronze at the
2009 World Outdoor Championships before ending his season ranked #2 in
the world by T&FN. Jackson, who posted wins last
year at Grand Prix events in New York, Eugene and Ostrava, won the 400m
at the 2010 USA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., to go along
with his previous title from 2005. Jackson posted the third-fastest time
in the world this year of 47.94 seconds with his runner-up finish at
the adidas Grand Prix in New York on June 12.

 

2009 World Outdoor Championships
competitor and 2010 NCAA champion Johnny Dutch should provide the
strongest challenge to Jackson after finishing second last year at the
USA Outdoor Championships. Dutch, who began this season ranked #3 in the
U.S., posted the fourth-fastest time in the world this year with his
May 28 win in Greensboro, N.C., in a personal best time of 48.12
seconds.

 

Others to watch include 2009 USA
Outdoor Champs fourth-place finisher Michael Tinsley, who placed fourth
at last year’s World Athletics Final, and 2009 NCAA and Pac-10
Conference champion Jeshua Anderson.  

 

Tickets for the 2010 USA Outdoor
Championships may be purchased by dialing 515-271-3647 or by visiting:
www.godrakebulldogs.com

 

For more information on the 2010
USA Outdoor Championships and the USATF Visa Championship Series,
visit:
www.visachampionshipseries.com.

About USA Track & Field
 
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most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior
high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners
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