INDIANAPOLIS – Bershawn Jackson has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after winning the men's 400 meter hurdles Saturday at the Osaka World Athletics Tour.
The reigning World Outdoor champion, Jackson won the 400mH in a world-leading 47.60 seconds. Jackson's time was a meet and Japanese all-comers record.
Another notable performance in Osaka came from Olympic and World champion Justin Gatlin, who was the first man under 10 seconds in the 100 meters this year, winning the race in 9.95. Elsewhere, World silver medalist Sanya Richards easily won the 400m in a world-leading 49.89 Saturday at the Jamaica International Invitational Meet.
Now in its sixth year, USATF's Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on the USATF website. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
2006 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 3, Walt Henning; January 10, Amandi Rhett; January 17, Kevin Eastler; January 24, Marisa Hanson; January 31, Me'Lisa Barber; February 7, Reese Hoffa; February 14, Wallace Spearmon; February 21, Ryan Hall; February 28, Terrence Trammell; March 7, Ryan Harlan; March 14, Walter Davis; March 21, Bill Collins; March 28, Johnnye Valien; April 4, Deena Kastor; April 11, Trey Hardee; April 18, Meb Keflezighi; April 25, Deena Kastor; May 2, Alan Webb; May 9, Bershawn Jackson.