INDIANAPOLIS – Justin Gatlin has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after setting the men's 100 meter World Record Friday at the Qatar Super Grand Prix.
The reigning World and Olympic champion, Gatlin crossed the finish line in the new World record time of 9.76 seconds with a wind reading of +1.7 meters per second. The previous record of 9.77 was held by Jamaican Asafa Powell set in Athens on June 14, 2005.
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; May 16, Justin Gatlin.