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Wallace Spearmon didn't fill out the paperwork for Beijing, surprised to finish third

on June 28, 2015

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Wallace Spearmon, always the entertainer, tells FloTrack that he didn't think he would make the team after only having a legal 20.77 time to his name earlier in the season. In his own special way, Wallace tells us how he was able to pull off the race that will send him to Beijing.

Spearmon reached significant heights in 2012 in bringing the total number of times he has broken the 20-second-barrier in the 200m to 24. In doing so Spearmon passed Michael Johnson (23) and tied Frankie Fredericks on the all-time list for a career. In March of 2012 Spearmon won the Bobby Lane Invitational in a time of 19.95, which was the earliest in a season anyone had run sub-20 in the northern hemisphere outdoors. The three-time World Outdoor Championships 200m medalist, Spearmon also won a World Cup title in 2006. 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. He finished just off the podium in 2012 in London as well in placing fourth. 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. His personal best time of 19.65 makes Spearmon the fifth fastest American of all time. He won a silver medal at the 2005 World Outdoor Championships as Team USA swept the top four spot with Justin Gatlin (gold), Spearmon, John Capel (bronze) and Tyson Gay (fourth). He established the American 200m indoor record twice at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships by running 20.21 in the semifinals before lowering it to 20.10 in the final. It was Spearmon’s final collegiate season as he left Arkansas early to pursue a professional career in the sport. 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 100m, 200m, 400m, the long jump (best of 7.14m/23-5) and triple jump (best of 13.94m/45-9), high jump (best of 1.98m/6-6), 4x100m and 4x400m 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 Arkansas’ 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 and competed for Team USA at the 1987 World Outdoor Championships in Rome, Italy

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  • 2012: Fourth in Olympic Games final (19.90); Olympic Trials champion (19.82); 1st at Pre Classic 200m (20.27); 1st at Ostrava 200m (20.14);1st at Drake Relays (20.02); 5th in heat at USATF Classic 60m (6.66i); 5th in heat at USA Indoors (6.76); 1st at TCU Invite in 100m (10.06); 1st at Bobby Lane Invite in 200m (19.95). 2010: USA Outdoor 200m champion (19.77w) and 4th in 100m; 2nd at Gateshead in 200m (20.29); 2nd in Kingston 200m (19.98); 1st at Drake Relays 200m (20.20); 1st at Zurich (19.79); 3rd at Monaco (19.93); 2nd at Rice F&T in 100m (10.23); 1st at California Relays in 200m (20.25) 2009: 3rd at World Outdoor Championships 200m (19.85); 3rd at USA Outdoor Championships 200m (20.03w); 2nd 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) 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) 2006: USA Outdoor Champion (19.90); 4th at USA Indoors 400m (46.67); 1st at World Cup (19.87MR); 1st in 4x100 relay at World Cup (37.59); 1st at Daegu (19.65); 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; 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) 2005: World Outdoor Champs 200m silver medalist (20.20); 4th in 200m at USA Outdoor Champs (20.16); 1st in 200m at London meet (19.89); NCAA Indoor 200m champ (20.10AR); also broke AR in semifinals (20.21); NCAA Outdoor champion (19.91) 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 (20.25); 8th in Olympic Trials semis (20.92); NACAC 200m (20.59) and 4x100m (39.03) gold medalist

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