Wallace Spearmon


Wallace Spearmon, Jr., (born December 24, 1984) in Chicago, Illinois, USA is a sprint athlete. Spearmon is a graduate of Fayetteville High School and currently attends the University of Arkansas, where he competed collegiately for two seasons before turning pro.

While at Arkansas, he won the 200 meter dash (200m) NCAA Outdoor title in 2004 and 2005 as well as the NCAA Indoor 200m title in 2005. In August 2005, he won the silver medal in the 200m at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics and in August 2007, he won the bronze medal at the 2007 World Championships.

His personal best in the 200m is 19.65 seconds, the fifth fastest time ever. Only world record holder Usain Bolt (19.30), Michael Johnson (19.32), his training partner Tyson Gay (19.62), and Xavier Carter (19.63) have run faster. Despite the fact that he normally runs a "slower" first half of his 200m races and goes on to pass people down the stretch, his 100m personal best is 9.96. He set that mark running in Shanghai on September 28 2007, beating 100m world champion Tyson Gay.

Spearmon won the 200m at the USA outdoor athletics championships in 2006 and finished second in 2007.

Spearmon initially finished in the bronze medal position in the 200m in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, but was disqualified for stepping out of his lane. The second place finisher, Churandy Martina of the Netherlands Antilles, was also disqualified, giving Americans Shawn Crawford and Walter Dix the silver and bronze medals, respectively.


As of September 9, 2008

Personal bests

Date Event Venue Time (seconds)
January 26, 2008 60 meters Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States 6.70
September 29, 2007 100 meters Shanghai, People's Republic of China 9.96
September 29, 2006 200 meters Daegu, South Korea 19.65
February 10, 2006 300 meters Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States 31.88
July 8, 2006 400 meters Paris, France 45.22

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