INDIANAPOLIS - Tyson Gay has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after running the third-fastest time in history in the men's 200 meters Saturday at the Reebok Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium in New York City.
A 2007 World Outdoor triple gold medalist, Gay dominated the men's 200m, crossing the finish line in a blistering 19.58 seconds. It is the third-fastest performance ever, behind only USA Track & Field Hall of Famer Michael Johnson (19.32) and triple 2008 Olympic champion Usain Bolt (19.30).
Now in its eighth 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.
2009 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 6, Mason Finley; January 13, Amber Campbell; January 20, Josh Cox; January 27, German Fernandez; February 3, Ashton Eaton; February 10, Shalane Flanagan; February 17, Galen Rupp; February 25, Dexter Faulk; March 3, Terrence Trammell; March 10, Diana Pickler; March 17, Galen Rupp; March 25, Sumi Onodera-Leonard; April 1, German Fernandez; April 7, Cyrus Hostetler; April 14, Curtis Beach; April 21, Kara Goucher; April 28, Mason Finley; May 5, Chris Derrick; May 12, Natalie Willer; May 19, Will Claye; May 27, Nadine O'Connor; June 2, Tyson Gay.
BEST MARKS WEEK ENDING MAY 31
100 - 10.04 Jacoby Ford (Clemson) - Greensboro, NC 5/30
200 - 19.58 Tyson Gay (adidas) - New York, NY 5/30 World leader
400 - 44.75 LaShawn Merritt (Nike) - New York, NY 5/30
800 - 1:46.00 Khadevis Robinson (Nike) - New York, NY 5/30
1500 - 3:34.14 Leo Manzano (Nike) - New York, NY 5/30 U.S. leader
3000SC - 8:36.98 Cory Thorne (Louisville) - Louisville, KY 5/30
5000 - 13:03.06 Bernard Lagat (Nike) - New York, NY 5/30 U.S. leader
110H - 13.12 Terrence Trammell (TSA) - New York, NY 5/30
400H - 48.52 Bershawn Jackson (Nike) - New York, NY 5/30
HJ - 2.25/7-4.5 Scott Sellers (Kansas State) - Norman, OK 5/29
PV - 5.56/18-3 Jason Colwick (Rice) & Maston Wallace (Texas) - Norman, OK 5/30
LJ - 7.89/25-10.75 Mychael Stewart (Arkansas) - Louisville, KY 5/29
TJ - 16.81/55-2 Will Claye (Oklahoma) - Norman, OK 5/30
SP - 20.99/68-10.5 Ryan Whiting (Arizona State) - Eugene, OR 5/29
DT - 65.90/216-2 Rashaud Scott (Kentucky) - Louisville, KY 5/30
HT - 70.56/231-6 Walter Henning (LSU) - Louisville, KY 5/30
JT - 80.34/263-7 Chris Hill (Georgia) - Greensboro, NC 5/29
Dec - 8516 Trey Hardee (Nike) - Gotzis, AUT 5/31 U.S. leader
100 - 11.04 Shalonda Solomon (Reebok) - New York, NY 5/30
200 - 22.34 Lauryn Williams (Nike) - New York, NY 5/30 World leader
400 - 50.50 Allyson Felix (adidas) - New York, NY 5/30 World leader
800 - 1:59.29 Anna Willard (Nike) - New York, NY 5/30 World leader
1500 - 4:03.96 Christin Wurth-Thomas (Nike) - New York, NY 5/30 U.S. leader
3000SC - 9:26.20 Jenny Barringer (Colorado) - Norman, OK 5/30 World leader
5000 - 15:32.39 Jen Rhines (adidas) - New York, NY 5/30
100H - 12.88 Seun Adigun (Houston) - Norman, OK 5/30
400H - 55.44 Tiffany Williams (Reebok) - New York, NY 5/30
HJ - 1.93/6-4 Sharon Day (Asics) - Havana, CUB 5/29
PV - 4.81/15-9.25 Jenn Stuczynski (adidas) - New York, NY 5/30 World leader
LJ - 6.72/22-0.75 Funmi Jimoh (Nike) - Belgrade, SER 5/29
& Brianna Glenn (adidas) - New York, NY 5/30
TJ - 13.53/44-4.75 Lauren Martin (Indiana State) - Louisville, KY 5/30
SP - 18.43/60-5.75 Michelle Carter (unat) - New York, NY 5/30
DT - 63.97/209-10 Stephanie Brown Trafton (Nike) - New York, NY 5/30
HT - 69.76/228-10 Amber Campbell (Mjolnir) - Havana, CUB 5/30
JT - 58.56/192-1 Kara Patterson (Purdue) - Louisville, KY 5/30
Hept - 6063 Sharon Day (Asics) - Havana, CUB 5/30 U.S. leader
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