Sanya, Wariner come out tops

NEW YORK: Training partners Sanya Richards and Jeremy Wariner won the Jesse Owens Award as the top USA Track & Field Athletes of the Year on Tuesday. 

Both athletes had undefeated 400m seasons with Richards, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) female Athlete of the Year, breaking the US record. 

They will be honoured on Saturday in Indianapolis as part of USATF’s annual meeting. 

WARINER: Won the Jesse Owens Award.

The Jamaican-born Richards broke the 22-year-old US 400m record with a time of 48.70 at the IAAF World Cup in Athens on Sept 16. Valerie Brisco set the previous record of 48.83 at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. 

Richards, the world silver medallist, also had the five fastest times in the world in 2006. 

Wariner, like Richards, was undefeated in Golden League competition. The Olympic and world champion also had the year’s top 400m time, 43.62. 

Both athletes are coached by Michael Johnson’s former trainer Clyde Hart, who was named USATF coach of the year. – Reuters 

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