INDIANAPOLIS – Kim Kreiner has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after setting a new American record in the javelin Wednesday at the II GP Sul-Americano Caixa/Unifor de Atletismo in Fortaleza, Brazil.
A 2004 Olympian, Kreiner set the new American record in the javelin with her throw of 61.79 meters/ 202 feet 8 inches. Kreiner bettered her previous record of 60.88m/199-9, which she set on April 22 at the Woody Wilson Classic in Davis, Calif.
Another notable performance was turned in by 2005 World Outdoor silver medalist Wallace Spearmon, who won the adidas men's 200m in a world-leading 20.06 seconds Sunday at the adidas Track Classic in Carson, Calif.
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; May 23, Kim Kreiner.