Wallace

Spearmon

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

✔ American indoor 200m record holder
✔ Indoor 4x4 world-record holder
✔ 2009 200 Bronze Medalist
✔ 3rd in 200m at 2008 Olympic Trials
✔ 2007 World Outdoor 4x100m gold medalist
✔ 2007 World Outdoor bronze medalist
✔ 2007 USA Outdoor runner-up
✔ 2006 USA Outdoor champion
✔ 2006 World Cup champion
✔ 2006 Indoor Worlds gold medalist
✔ 2005 World Outdoor silver medalist
✔ 2005 NCAA Indoor & Outdoor 200m champion
✔ 2004 NCAA Outdoor champion

BIO

Wallace Spearmon, JR.

• Event: 200m, 100m
• Height: 6-3
• Weight: 190
• PR: 200m 19.65 (2006) 100m 9.96 (2007)
• Born: Dec. 24, 1984, in Chicago, Ill.
• Current Residence: Dallas, Texas
• High School: Fayetteville (Ark.) HS ‘03
• College: University of Arkansas ‘07
• Coach: Monte Stratton
• Agent: Ray Flynn
• Club: Saucony

Spearmon won 200m medals at his first two trips to the World Outdoor Championships (2005, 2007) and will try to accomplish that same feat this summer in Berlin after finishing third at the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships in Eugene. During the 2008 Olympic Games 200m final in Beijing, Spearmon came roaring back from a slow start to finish third in 19.95 seconds, but was later disqualified for a lane violation, running on the inside line.

Spearmon proved his versatility in 2007 by ending the season ranked in the top ten in the world by Track & Field News for the first time in the 100 meters (#10) and posting a personal best in that event of 9.96 seconds in Shanghai. Spearmon was superb in the 200 meters again in 2007, with his runner-up finish at the USA Outdoor Championships and by winning the bronze medal at the World Outdoor Championships in Osaka. Spearmon had 200m wins at the Nike Prefontaine Classic, adidas Track Classic and Reebok Grand Prix in New York, where he posted his fastest time of the season of 19.82 seconds.

In 2006 he won the USA Outdoor 200m title and bettered 19.90 seconds on five occasions, moving to #3 on the all-time list with his personal best of 19.65 in Daegu. Spearmon improved his then personal best to 19.89 seconds in 2005 with his win at London, which was the fastest time in the world that season. He capped off his tremendous 2005 campaign with his silver medal winning performance at the 2005 World Outdoor Championships, joining gold medalist Justin Gatlin, third-placer John Capel and fourth-placer Tyson Gay in a four-way USA sweep of the event. Spearmon sprinted away from an outstanding field on June 25, 2005 to successfully defend his NCAA 200m men's title in a then world-leading time of 19.91 seconds.

Following his performance Spearmon announced that he would forego the remainder of his collegiate eligibility to pursue a professional running career…At the 2005 NCAA Indoor Champs, he fulfilled his potential with two American Records in the 200. He first ran 20.21 in the semifinals then improved to 20.10 in the final. Both broke the existing AR of 20.26 set by Shawn Crawford and John Capel in 2000.

As a freshman, Spearmon became the first Razorback in history to win the NCAA Outdoor 200m title. He was a three-sport standout at Fayetteville HS, where he played basketball and wide receiver in football for two years. He earned all-state honors in the 100, 200, 400-meter dashes, the long (best of 7.14m/23-5) and triple (best of 13.94m/45-9) jumps, high jump (best of 1.98m/6-6) and 4x100 and 4x400-meter relay teams. He also competed in the decathlon and 300-meter hurdles.

Spearmon’s father, Wallace Sr., was a two-time All-American for coach McDonnell at Arkansas and was a part of the first national championship team in 1984 as a sprinter. He was a 200m bronze medalist at the 1986 Goodwill Games and 1987 Pan American Games. He competed for Team USA at the 1987 World Outdoor Championships in Rome, Italy, and now coaches his son.

BY YEAR

2009

• 3rd at USA Outdoor Champs (20.03w)
• Runner-up at Reebok Grand Prix (19.98w)

2008

• 3rd at Olympic Trials in 200m (19.90)
• DQ in Olympic 200m final (lane violation, had finished 3rd in 19.95)
• 12th at Olympic Trials semi-finals in 100m (10.18)
• 4th in 100m (10.24) and 1st in 200m (20.14) at Nike Prefontaine Classic
• 6th in 100m at adidas Track Classic (10.22)
• Reebok Grand Prix 200m champion (20.07)
• 5th in 100m at Kingston (10.13)
• Ranked #4 in world, #3 U.S. by T&FN
• Best of 19.90

2007

• 3rd at World Outdoors (20.05)
• USA Outdoor Championships runner-up (19.89)
• Adidas Track Classic champion (19.91)
• Reebok Grand Prix champion (19.82)
• 2nd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (20.25)
• 1st at Sheffield (20.08)
• 3rd at Lausanne (20.42)
• 4th in 100m, 1st in 200m at Rethimno (10.20, 20.24)
• 2nd in 100m at Monaco (10.17)
• 2nd at London (20.11)
• Ranked #10 in world, #2 in U.S. at 100 meters, #3 in world, #2 U.S. at 200m by T&FN
• Bests of 9.96 & 19.82

2006

• USA Outdoor Champion (19.90)
• 4th at USA Indoors 400m (46.67)
• 1st at World Cup (19.87Meet Record)
• 1st in 4x100 relay at World Cup (37.59, second leg)
• 1st at Daegu (19.65PR)
• Ran second leg in setting indoor 4x400m U.S. record of 3:01.96 with Kerron Clement, Darold Williamson and Jeremy Wariner on Feb. 11 at Fayetteville, Ark
• 1st at Adidas Classic (20.06)
• 1st at Reebok Grand Prix (20.09)
• 1st at Nike Prefontaine Classic (20.27)
• 4th at Paris (45.22)
• 4th at Lausanne (19.90)
• 1st at Stockholm (20.08)
• 3rd at London (20.11)
• Ranked #3 in world & U.S. by T&FN
• Best of 19.65

2005

• World Outdoor Champs 200m silver medalist (20.20)
• 4th in 200m at USA Outdoor Champs (20.16)
• 1st in 200m at London meet (19.89PR, World Leader)
• NCAA Indoor 200m champ (20.10AR); also broke AR in semifinals (20.21)
• NCAA Outdoor champion (19.91)
• Ranked #2 in world & U.S. by T&FN
• Best of 19.89

2004

• NCAA Outdoor champ (20.12)
• 2nd at SEC Outdoors (20.54)
• 4th at SEC Indoors (21.08)
• 8th at NCAA Indoors (20.93)
• 2nd in opening round of Olympic Trials (20.25PR)
• 8th in Olympic Trials semis (20.92), NACAC 200m (20.59) & 4x100m (39.03) gold medalist
• Ranked #7 in U.S. by T&FN
• Best of 20.25