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Posted: September 24, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: Gay named USATF Athlete of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS - Tyson Gay has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after setting an American record in the men's 100 meters Sunday Shanghai Golden Grand Prix in China.

Two-time world 100m medalist Tyson Gay, who has been hampered by a groin injury since before the World Championships, lowered his own American record in the men's 100 meters, clocking a blistering 9.69 seconds (+2.0mps). His run was the second-best performance of all time, equaling Usain Bolt's then-world record from the 2008 Olympic Games. Gay had set the previous American record of 9.71 when he won the silver medal at the 2009 World Outdoor Championships in Berlin.

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.

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 24, Dexter Faulk; March 3, Terrence Trammell; March 10, Diana Pickler; March 17, Galen Rupp; March 24, Sumi Onodera-Leonard; March 31, 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 26, Nadine O'Connor; June 2, Tyson Gay; June 9, Dwight Phillips; June 16, Galen Rupp; June 23, Kami Semick; June 30, Dawn Harper; July 7, Raevyn Rogers; July 14, Ryan Crouser; July 28, Anton Krupicka; August 11, Rita Hanscom; August 19, Christian Cantwell; August 26, Trey Hardee; September 1, Dathan Ritzenhein; September 9, Sanya Richards; September 15, Carmelita Jeter; September 23, Tyson Gay.

BEST MARKS WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 20
 
 MEN
100 - 9.69 Tyson Gay (adidas) - Shanghai, CHN 9/20    AMERICAN RECORD
200 - 20.21 Tyson Gay (adidas) - Szczecin, POL 9/15
400 - 45.28 LaShawn Merritt (Nike) - Shanghai, CHN 9/20
800 - 1:46.33 Nick Symmonds (OTC Elite) - Szczecin, POL 9/15
110H - 13.15 Terrence Trammell (TSA) - Shanghai, CHN 9/20
HJ - 2.27/7-5.25 Andra Manson (Nike) - Shanghai, CHN 9/20
LJ - 8.36/27-5.25 Dwight Phillips (Nike) - Shanghai, CHN 9/20
SP - 21.49/70-6.25 Christian Cantwell (Nike) - Szczecin, POL 9/15
Dec - 8189 Tom Pappas (Nike) - Talence, FRA 9/20
 
WOMEN
100 - 10.64 Carmelita Jeter (Nike) - Shanghai, CHN 9/20     World leader
200 - 22.37 Allyson Felix (adidas) - Shanghai, CHN 9/20
400 - 50.89 Monica Hargrove (unat) - Shanghai, CHN 9/20
1500 - 4:07.31 Christin Wurth-Thomas (Nike) - Szczecin, POL 9/15
100H - 12.56 Dawn Harper (Nike) - Shanghai, CHN 9/20
PV - 4.20/13-9.25 Jillian Schwartz (Nike) - Shanghai, CHN 9/20

About USA Track & Field
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.

For more information on USATF, USATF.org


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