INDIANAPOLIS - William Wynne has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after setting a world youth record in the boys' 400 meter hurdles and earning three medals at the IAAF World Youth Championships held July 11-15 in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
Wynne (Kennesaw, Ga.) sped to a gold medal Sunday in the 400m hurdles with a time of 49.01 seconds. His performance smashed the previous record of 49.86 set by South Africa's Marnus Kritzinger in 1999. Wynne later ran a leg of the medley relay to pick up his second gold of the meet. Team USA finished in 1 minute 51.34 seconds to edge out Japan by .08. On Thursday, Wynne raced to a silver medal behind teammate Wayne Davis II in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.44.
Team USA finished atop the World Youth Championships medal table with 14, including an all-time high of seven golds.
Now in its sixth 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.
2007 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 2, Thomas Morgan; January 9, Jacquelyn Coward; January 16, Ryan Hall; January 23, Johnny Dutch; January 30, Shalane Flanagan; February 6, Gail Devers; February 13, Alan Culpepper; February 20, Bernard Lagat; February 27, Christian Cantwell; March 6, Fasil Bizuneh; March 13, Natasha Hastings; March 20, Anthony Famiglietti; March 27, Nadine O'Connor; April 4, Natasha Hastings; April 10, Diana Pickler; April 17, Shalane Flanagan; April 24, Virginia Tech women's team, Ryan Hall; May 1, Jen Rhines; May 8, Walter Henning; May 15, Allyson Felix; May 22, Breaux Greer; May 29, Walter Dix; June 5, Jenn Stuczynski; June 12, Walter Dix; June 19, Chanelle Price; June 27, Tyson Gay; July 3, Jim Sorensen; July 10, Robin Reynolds; July 17, William Wynne.