Wallace Spearmon Runs Very Fast, Very Early to Beat Jeremy Wariner at UTA Bobby Layne Invitational

By LetsRun.com
March 24, 2012

Wallace Spearmon is back.

A week after running a wind-aided 10.06 100m, Spearmon blasted a world leading 19.95 200m to easily defeat Jeremy Wariner at the UTA Bobby Layne Invitational in Arlington, Texas.

Spearmon, a three time individual World medallist in the 200m, suffered from an achilles injury in 2012 and called it a season after not making the finals of USATF nationals. Spearmon got a call from friend Usain Bolt to cheer him up, but he was left watching the 2011 World Championships from home. Any concerns that the achilles injury would curtail Spearmon's Olympic year are gone.

Running this fast this early is very, very rare.  According to the IAAF all-time lists, this is the earliest anyone in the world has ever gone sub 20.00 seconds in the Northern Hemisphere outdoors. Pushing it out a month, only three people have gone sub 20.00 in April in the Northern Hemisphere: Spearmon, Bolt and Jeff Williams.

This was Spearmon's 22nd sub 20 clocking of his life tying Usain Bolt. Michael Johnson has 23 sub 20 clockings and Frankie Fredericks has the most at 24.

Jeremy Wariner improved from his 20.66 wind aided 200m the week before to finish a distance second in 20.53, just edging Canadian Olympian Jared Connaughton.

Doc Patton, second last year at USATFs in the 200, who didn't make the finals of the US 60m last month, ran a very quick world leading 10.06 in the 100m.

La Shauntea Moore, sixth at USATFs in the 200 last year, ran a world leading 22.94 in the women's 200m.

With the Olympics the first week in August the stars are clearly getting ready earlier this year. It was also a beautiful 80 degree day with a favorable light breeze in the sprints.

UTA Bobby Layne Key Results below. Full results here, recap from UTA website here

Click on the thumbnail to see an excellent shot of the finish tweeted by Max Faulkner of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Trust us you won't be disappointed the thumbnail does not do it justice.

Update: FW Star Telegram Article on Race: Spearmon: "I'm back" 

Men's 200:

Event 209  Men 200 Meter Dash
===============================================================================
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Wind H# Points
===============================================================================
Finals                                                                         
  1 Spearmon, Wallace            Saucony                  19.95   1.8  1       
  2 Wariner, Jeremy              Adidas                   20.53   1.8  1       
  3 Connaughton, Jared           Canada                   20.54   1.8  1       
  4 Hubbard, Jamil               unattached               20.77   1.8  2       
  5 Boyd, Marcus                 Michael Johnson          20.89   1.8  2       
  6 White, Steven                North Texas              21.19   1.2  4       
  7 Isles, Carlin                unattached               21.20   1.9  3       
  8 Collins, Clinton             North Texas              21.30   1.7  5       
  9 Baker, Ethan                 Oklahoma                 21.33   1.2  4       
 10 Robertson, Paris             Abilene Christian        21.39   1.2  4       
 11 Betters, Lejerald            unattached               21.50   1.8  1       
 12 Fortson, Danzell             unattached               21.63   1.8  1              

Men's 100m:

Event 205  Men 100 Meter Dash
===============================================================================
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Wind H# Points
===============================================================================
Finals                                                                         
  1 Patton, Doc                  Nike                     10.04   1.1  1       
  2 Silmon, Charles              Tcu                      10.22   1.5  5       
  3 Isles, Carlin                unattached               10.24   1.1  1       
  4 Gray, Cordero                unattached               10.25   1.1  1       
  5 Edgar, Tyrone                unattached               10.30   1.1  1       
  6 Norman, Solomon              Saucony                  10.34   1.1  1               

Women's 200m:

Event 109  Women 200 Meter Dash
=============================================================================== 
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Wind H# Points 
=============================================================================== 
Finals                                                                          
  1 Moore, La Shauntea           Nike                     22.94   1.3  1        
  2 Hodge, Virgil                Unat-Tcu                 23.50   1.3  1        
  3 Corinealdi, Chaniqua         Tcu                      23.73   1.2  2        
  4 Sanford, Jasmine             unattached               23.92   1.3  1        
  5 Evans, Amber                 Smu                      24.04   1.2  2        
  6 Kutu-Akoi, Phobay            unattached               24.16   1.3  1        
  7 Ahye, Michelle Lee           unattached               24.35   0.7 10        
  8 Lee, Leandria                Wayland Baptist          24.41   1.2  2  24.403
  8 Sutherland, Andrea           unattached               24.41   1.3  1  24.403
 10 Wells, Sherine               Oklahoma                 24.47   1.2  2                

UTA Bobby Layne Key Results below. Full results here, recap from UTA website here

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