Wariner races from obscurity to world fame in 44 seconds
The United States scored a clean sweep
of the medals in the men's 400 metres last night but there was no
doubting the biggest sensation to hit this event since Michael
Young pretender: Jeremy Wariner claims Johnson Olympic title
His name is Jeremy Wariner and the
20-year-old student from Johnson's former college in Texas became the
first white American man to win an Olympic sprint gold medal since Mike
Larabee's 400m triumph in 1964.
Wariner cruised through the qualifying
rounds and then unleashed the best performance of his short career in
the Olympic Stadium.
In a finely paced race, the youngster crossed the line in 44sec dead, a personal best.
Otis Harris pushed him all the way to
the line to finish in 44.16sec, while the third American, Derrick Brew,
took the bronze medal in 44.42.