Jeremy Wariner dominated the 400m sprint world for almost a decade when he was Olympic gold and silver medalist and two time World Champion. He is now climbing the ladder of rehabilitation. For almost 5 years he has battled injuries, which included 2 knee surgeries plus hamstring, adductor and soleus tears. His determination to return to racing form, seems to have broken the injury cycle this past season.
Wariner has been coached by Clyde Hart for most of his career even when he faced recurrent injuries after the 2008 Olympic Games. They are hoping this will be a year of redemption. Jeremy is aiming for the ultra competitive US Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon July 1-10th. The upcoming Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic set for Swangard Stadium on June 17th will be an important step for Wariner on his quest to represent the USA in Rio.
Rich Sands of Track and Field News wrote about this year's Penn Relays " Perhaps the most notable was Jeremy Wariner's 44.5 split.... a sign that even at 34, the '04 Olympic Champ could be in the mix for Rio berth this summer"
This Baylor University legend is quoted " Being injured for four straight years put me back a bit....I am happy were things are going right now".
At the Jerome Classic, Jeremy will face 2015 NCAA Champion, Vernon Norwood, of Morgan City, LA and Boris Berian, World Indoor 800m champion. The phenomenal Big Bear, CA middle distance star, will drop down from his normal two laps to one to challenge this iconic 400m runner.
Canadians, Philip Osei of Toronto, ON, Daniel Harper of Brampton, ON and Nathan George of Coquitlam, BC will complete the field.
The Jerome Classic will also feature Andre De Grasse of Markham, ON who may be on the threshold of an Olympic medal, which would follow in the footsteps BC sprinters, Percy Williams and Harry Jerome.
Canada took the silver medal at the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships in Rome, Italy three weeks ago. This team lead by Ben Thorne, Inaki Gomez and Evan Dunfee will attempt to break the current Canadian best over 5000m of 18 minutes 45.64 seconds at the Jerome Track Classic.
Tickets are $25 finish line, $10 general admission are available on line at www.harryjeorme.com. First event starts at 6pm with doors open at 5pm. Opening ceremonies will be at 7:30pm
The line up for the Jerome 400m
Jeremy Wariner 43.45
Vernon Norwood 44.44
Philip Osei 45.23
Daniel Harper 45.60
Nathan George 46.45
Boris Berian 46.93