INDIANAPOLIS - Walter Henning has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after smashing his own American Junior Record en route to winning the men's hammer throw Saturday at the 2008 IAAF World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
A three-time USA Junior champion and the 2007 Pan Am Junior gold medalist, Henning dominated the men's hammer throw, winning the title with his first heave of 76.14 meters/249-9, which broke his American Junior record by over two meters. He then furthered his record on his last throw with an effort of 76.92m/252-4. It was the first medal of any color for an American in the men's hammer throw in the 22-year history of the World Junior Championships. Henning's previous record of 73.87m/242-4 was set at the 2008 USA Junior Championships.
Now in its seventh 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.
2008 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 8, Cheryl Foody; January 16, Nick Vena; January 22, Chanelle Price; January 29, Antwon Hicks; February 5, Adam Nelson; February 12, Lolo Jones; February 19, Adam Nelson; February 27, Michael Rodgers; March 3, Thomas Morgan; March 11, Bryan Clay; March 18, Bianca Knight; March 25, Phil Raschker; April 1, Orville Rogers; April 8, Lisa Koll; April 15, Ryan Hall, April 22, Deena Kastor; April 29, Leo Manzano; May 6, Shalane Flanagan; May 13, Bonnie Richardson; May 20, Jenn Stuczynski; May 27, Chanelle Price; June 3, German Fernandez; June 10, Brad Walker; June 18; Jenny Barringer; July 11, Jenn Stuczynski; July 15, Walter Henning.
BEST MARKS WEEK ENDING JULY 13
100 - 10.13 Mike Rodgers (Nike) - Rome, ITA 7/11
400 - 44.36 Jeremy Wariner (adidas) - Rome, ITA 7/11
800 - 1:46.14 Jonathan Johnson (Reebok) - Lignano, ITA 7/13
1500 - 3:39.37 Rob Myers (Reebok) - Cork, IRL 7/12
3000 - 7:53.21 Stephen Pifer (Nike) - Ghent, BEL 7/13
110H - 13.27 David Payne (Nike) - Athens, GRE 7/13
400H - 48.23 Kerron Clement (Nike) - Rome, ITA 7/11
HJ - 2.30/7-6.5 Jamie Nieto (Nike) - Cork, IRL 7/12
PV - 5.90/19-4.25 Brad Walker (Nike) - Athens, GRE 7/13 & Karlsruhe, GER 7/9
LJ - 8.10/26-7 Brian Johnson (Nike) - Athens, GRE 7/13
TJ - 16.04/52-7.5 Walter Davis (Nike) - Athens, GRE 7/13
SP - 20.03/65-8.75 Steve Manz (unat) - Cork, IRL 7/12
100 - 11.15 Angela Williams (Nike) - Athens, GRE 7/13
200 - 22.49 Sanya Richards (Nike) - Rome, ITA 7/11
400 - 49.86 Sanya Richards (Nike) - Athens, GRE 7/13
800 - 2:01.22 Morgan Uceny (Reebok) - Lignano, ITA 7/13
1500 - 4:11.01 Sara Hall (Asics) - Ghent, BEL 7/13
3000 - 8:55.72 Amy Mortimer (Reebok) - Cork, IRL 7/12
100H - 12.72 Candice Davis (unat) - Rome, ITA 7/11
400H - 54.97 Tiffany Williams (Reebok) - Rome, ITA 7/11
HJ - 1.90/6-2.75 Amy Acuff (Asics) - Rome, ITA 7/11
PV - 4.50/14-9 Jillian Schwartz (Nike) - Karlsruhe, GER 7/9
DT - 58.73/192-8 Becky Breisch (Nike) - Cuxhaven, GER 7/12
Hept - 5457 Ryann Krais (PaHS) - Bydgoszcz, POL 7/12