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Wallace Spearmon is an athlete competing in track and field at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA, marking his second appearance at the Games, where he figures to be a medal contender in the men's 200m. Spearmon was disqualified from the bronze-medal position in Beijing.

Wallace Spearmon punched his ticket to London by winning the men's 200m at the U.S Olympic Trials. He overcame a slow start to take the race in 19.82 seconds.

Spearmon started 2012 on a high note, running 19.95 in the 200m to win the Bobby Lane Invitational in Arlington on March 24, the fastest time ever run before April outdoors. It was the 22nd time the sprinter dipped under 20 seconds in the event, giving him the same number of sub-20s as Usain Bolt. The two are are two sub-20 times short of tying Frankie Fredericks who has the most all-time at 24 and one shy of Michael Johnson, who recorded 23. In April, Spearmon won the Drake Relays in 20.02, breaking Johnson's meet record.

In April of 2011, Spearmon appeared on an episode of the Discovery Channel television show MythBusters, where he worked with hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman to investigate the possibility of a human running on water. Despite numerous attempts, Spearmon sunk like a stone after his first step on the water.

Spearmon opened the 2010 season with a runner-up finish to Usain Bolt in the 200m at the Jamaica Invitational in 19.98. He won the event at the USA Outdoor Championships in a wind-aided 19.77 and reached the Diamond League 200m final in Zurich where, in the absence of standings leader Walter Dix, he won race and the season title with a meet-record time of 19.79.

The 2009 season saw Spearmon pick up a couple of bronze medals. He finished third in the 200m at the USA Outdoor Championships in a wind-aided 20.03, earning another spot on the national team. At the World Championships in Berlin, Spearmon again finished third, this time in 19.85.

Spearmon earned his spot in Beijing by finishing third in 19.90 behind Walter Dix and Shawn Crawford in the 200m at the 2008 Olympic Trials. At the Games, Spearmon appeared to finish third in the event, but was later disqualified when replays showed that he ran on the inside lane coming around the curve which is a lane violation. Runner-up Churandy Martina of Netherlands Antilles was also DQ'd, elevating Crawford to the silver medal and Dix to the bronze.

Spearmon earned a pair of medals at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka. He finished third in the 200m in 20.05 seconds, earning bronze, and ran on the U.S. 4x100m relay which won gold in 37.78. Spearmon won his first Worlds medal in Helsinki in 2005, a silver in the 200m.

One of Spearmon's best friends is Tyson Gay, his teammate at Arkansas. Spearmon found himself in a difficult position at the World Championships in Osaka as he prepared to race Gay in the 200m. The two buddies avoided each other totally in the days leading up to the race, which Gay won in 19.76 seconds. "We're training partners, we're friends and we're competitors," Spearmon said. "We're the best friends we can be right now but at the same time we both wanted to give each other space."

Spearmon waited until his last race of the 2006 season to blast to 19.65, the third-fastest outdoor performance all-time. That year, Spearmon also won gold on the 4x400m at the World Indoor Championships, and ran an amazing five times of 19.90 seconds or faster outdoors.

Like many American schoolboys with athletic aspirations, early on Spearmon wanted to play football and basketball, and didn't turn to track until his third year at Fayetteville High School in Arkansas. Spearmon earned all-state honors in the 100m, 200m, and 400m, and the long, triple and high jumps before heading to the University of Arkansas, where he captured the 2004 NCAA outdoor 200m.

Spearmon's father, Wallace Sr., was a two-time All-American 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. The younger Spearmon fondly remembers attending his father's training sessions. "He didn't force it on me," he said. "But I would go and watch him practice, and sometimes set up my blocks and just run with him. So I had a great understanding and knowledge of the sport when I began in high school."


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Age: 31 years old
Birthday: December 24, 1984
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 194 lbs.
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Hometown: Fayetteville, AR
Current Residence: Bryan, TX

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