Wallace Spearmon may not have earned a medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, but that's not going to stop him from finishing his track season strong, he said. In fact, the 200-meter sprinter plans to finish out the year with a top-three ranking at the end of the season.
The goal isn't that far-fetched for the American, who finished fourth in the event at the 2012 London Olympic Games. There, Spearmon finished behind Jamaicans Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Warren Weir. Bolt won the event in 19.32, while Blake ran to a time of 19.44. Weir finished in 19.84 and Spearmon finished in 19.90.
Spearmon's personal record is 19.65, which he ran in Daegu, South Korea in 2006.
"I'm healthy and (plan to) continue to finish the second half of the season strong," Spearmon said in this Flotrack.org interview. "Hopefully (I can) go out there and run a season's best and end up with a great season's end world ranking -- top three. Just nothing but positive things to come. (I plan to) go back and work hard."
Spearmon's current season best came in the finals of the men's 200-meter at the 2012 Olympic Games, where he turned in the 19.90 time. With his personal best time, Spearmon ranks as the seventh-fastest men's 200-meter runner in history behind Bolt and Blake and Americans Michael Johnson, Tyson Gay, Walter Dix and Xavier Carter.
At the 2012 Games, Spearmon had hoped to run about 19.5, he said, which would have moved him up to sixth on the all-time list, ahead of Carter, and moved him into the bronze-medal position at the Olympic Games.
Even if he had run a personal best time, Spearmon isn't sure that he could have competed with Bolt and Blake, he said.
"Those guys definitely run fast -- 19.3 and 19.4 -- and honestly, I couldn't tell you if I could run a 19.4 right now," Spearmon said during the Flotrack.org interview. "Hopefully next year I'll be in that shape. I thought I could run 19.5, but I still would have been third. So I think third place was achievable, but it just wasn't my day."
Spearmon believed he had finished third in the 200-meter at the 2008 Olympic Games before he learned he had been disqualified for stepping on the line between lanes. He was disappointed that he again left the Olympic Games without any hardware, Spearmon said, but he's still optimistic for the future.
"Everything happens for a reason," Spearmon said during the Flotrack.org interview. "I feel like my day will come. It's just a matter of time."
Sandra Johnson is a longtime Olympic fan. While working for the United States Olympic Committee and living in the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Johnson had the opportunity to immerse herself in the Olympic Movement. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraJohnson46.
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