EUGENE, Oregon: Wallace Spearmon gave himself another chance at an Olympic medal in the 200 meters after being disqualified in the 2008 final by winning on Sunday at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials.
Spearmon, whose lane violation late in the Beijing Olympic final cost him a bronze medal, surged ahead with 50 meters remaining and took the trials title in a wind-aided 19.82 seconds, a 2.3m/sec tailwind boosting him to the finish.
“That’s something that has definitely been on my mind since 2008,” Spearmon said. “It’s hard enough to make one team. If I didn’t make the team this year, that would have been on my mind for the rest of my life.
“This is a chance at redemption. I don’t take my second chances lightly. I’m going to go out there and leave it all on the track.”
Maurice Mitchell was second in 20.14 with Isiah Young third in 20.16.