INDIANAPOLIS – Philip Dunn has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after qualifying for the 2004 Olympics in the men’s 50 km race walk.
A resident of the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., Dunn walked 3, hours, 59 minutes, 12 seconds at the Tijuana 50 km over the weekend in Tijuana, Mexico. The 2001 U.S. 50 km race walk champion’s time bettered the Olympic A qualifying time of 4:00:00 in the 50 km race walk.
Dunn, who placed third at the 2004 U.S. Olympic 50 km Race Walk Olympic Trials in February, will join two-time Olympian Curt Clausen, who had previously achieved the standard at the Olympic Trials with his winning time of 3:58.24. Athletes have until July 1 to meet the Olympic “A” standard; each country can send up to three athletes in each event who have made the standard.
Now in its fourth 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.
2004 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 13, Dan Taylor; January 20, Jen Toomey; January 27, Erin Gilreath; February 3, Jearl Miles-Clark; February 10, Alan Culpepper; February 17, Curt Clausen; February 24, Jen Toomey; March 2, Gail Devers; March 9, Allen Johnson; March 16, Sanya Richards; March 23, Phillip Dunn.