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Jeremy Wariner is an athlete competing in track and field at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA. He is making his third appearance at the Games where he figures to be a gold medal contender in the 400m. The 2004 Olympic gold medalist in Athens was beaten by teammate LaShawn Merritt in Beijing.

Jeremy Wariner opened the 2011 season in promising fashion, winning his four of his first five 400m races with a runner-up finish at the Prefontaine Classic thrown in. At the U.S. Outdoor Championships, he won his opening heat, finished third in his semifinal heat but was then upset by collegian Tony McQuay in the final. Wariner's time of 44.98 was his second fastest of the season. In early July, he was forced to pull out of the World Championships in Daegu after tearing a ligament in the second toe on his left foot in training.

With his main rival, LaShawn Merritt, sidelined by a positive doping test, Wariner went back to the business of winning 400m races in 2010. He opened the season with a runner-up finish at the IAAF Grand Prix in Ponce, Puerto Rico, but picked up victories in the opening two Diamond League competitions in Shanghai and Rome. The only other blip on his season came at the USA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, where Wariner tweaked a hamstring during the 400m final and did not finish. He recovered, however, and a week and a half later was back to winning form. He closed the Diamond League season with victories in Lausanne, Paris, London and Zurich to earn the Diamond trophy and capped things with gold in the 400m at the Continental Cup in Split, Croatia.

Relegated to second-best for the first time in his career, Wariner admitted after the Olympics that leaving Hart for Ford was a mistake. He apologized to his coach and returned to his tutelage. As the defending world champion, Wariner had a bye into the World Championships field, so Merritt basically won the 2009 U.S. championship uncontested. In Berlin, Wariner was unable to repeat as champion however, falling again to Merritt in the 400m final.

At the same time that Wariner was getting acclimated to his knew training program under Coach Ford, a knew rival emerged in the form of Merritt, who finished second to Wariner at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka and had a career on an upward trajectory. While Wariner was dealing with the fallout from his coaching change, Merritt was running carefree. Merritt fired the first salvo, beating Wariner at the Olympic Trials. In Beijing, Wariner qualified for the final with a time of 44.12, in a run which he slowed down considerably in the final 50 meters. This led to much anticipation that he could beat Michael Johnson's world record in the final, but instead he took the silver, losing to Merritt by nearly a full second. Wariner got a measure of revenge by beating Merritt at the Weltklasse Zurich meeting after the Olympics, but Merritt topped Wariner for the fourth time on the year at the IAAF World Athletics Final.

In 2008, Wariner left long-time coach Clyde Hart in favor of working with Baylor assistant coach Michael Ford. This was an unexpected move as Wariner had achieved all of his collegiate and professional success under Hart, who had also coached his agent Michael Johnson. Wariner stated that he needed a change as Hart was nearing retirement, although the coach said that the split was due to a pay dispute.

Wariner's star continued to shine brighter than any other quarter-miler's in the world during 2007. At the World Championships in Osaka, Japan, Wariner successfully defended his 400m title and led a U.S. medal sweep of the event, winning in a personal-best 43.45 seconds. Wariner also anchored the U.S. to victory in 2:55.56 in the 4x400m relay.

Wariner continued his world dominance of the men's 400m in 2006 in posting a new personal best and the world's fastest time of 43.62 seconds, bettering the 44-second barrier on three occasions, and posting the five fastest times in the world that season. For his efforts, Wariner was ranked #1 in the world for the third consecutive year by Track & Field News.

Wariner saved his best performance for the biggest stage in 2005, winning the gold medal at the World Outdoor Championship in Helsinki. Wariner won the race in a then personal best time of 43.93 seconds, and joined fellow Americans Lee Evans, Michael Johnson, Butch Reynolds, Larry James, Quincy Watts, Danny Everett and Steve Lewis as the only athletes in history to break the 44-second barrier.

Wariner made his Olympic debut in Athens in 2004. The then 20-year-old shocked the world with his win in a then-personal-best time of 44.00 seconds. Wariner became the youngest gold medalist in the event since 19-year-old Steve Lewis won in 1988, and posted the fastest time in the world since Michael Johnson in 2000. With Wariner placing first, followed by fellow Americans Otis Harris and Derrick Brew in second and third place respectively, the U.S. got its first medal sweep in the 400 since 1988. Later, he ran the third leg on the gold-medal-winning 4x400m relay squad.

On the track, the ever-confident Wariner is easily recognizable: He's the one wearing diamond earrings and the wrap-around sunglasses — even at night.

The U.S. has won the past seven Olympic gold medals in this event dating back to 1984. Michael Johnson won the event in both 1996 and 2000. At five of the past six Olympics, the U.S. has won more than one medal in this event, including sweeps of the medals in 1988 and 2008.

Wariner has long measured himself against legendary U.S. sprinter Michael Johnson, the nine-time world champion two-time Olympic 400m champion who also attended Baylor and trained under Clyde Hart. Just minutes after winning gold in Athens, Wariner jogged off of the track at the Olympics, and Hart met him with a smile. "The first thing he said was, 'Coach, I just got the school record,' " Hart recalled. "I said, 'Jeremy, you just got a gold medal!' He said, 'Yeah, but I got Michael's school record.'"

At the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships, Wariner won the 400m with a time of 45.39 seconds and won an NCAA title with the 4x400m relay team. At the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships in June, Wariner successfully pulled off the double again, winning the 400m with a stadium-record time of 44.71 seconds, and winning another NCAA title as a member of Baylor's 4x400m relay team. In June, Wariner was named Mondo Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year.


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Age: 32 years old
Birthday: January 31, 1984
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 154 lbs.
Birthplace: Irving, TX
Hometown: Arlington, TX
Current Residence: Waco, TX

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