A highly successful athlete since his high school days, Clement has won championships at the junior, college and world levels. He earned two medals in Beijing, placing second in the 400-meter hurdles before running in the preliminary to help the U.S. win the 4 x 400-meter relay gold. Clement won the two biggest events of 2009, earning his second consecutive World Outdoor championship, then capping the season by winning the World Athletics Final.
Hurdles, or no hurdles?:
As impressive as Clement is in the 400 hurdles, he’s also done pretty well in the straight 400-meter run. He set an indoor world record while winning the 400 at the 2005 NCAA championships in a time of 44.57 seconds for the University of Florida, hence his role on the U.S. 4 x 400 team at the Beijing Olympics.
Destined to be a Gator:
Clement earned numerous honors as a high school star in LaPorte, Tex., including the 2003 Gatorade National High School Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year award. Clement would soon compete for the university for which Gatorade was named – Florida.
Clement won the World Outdoor Championship in 2007 in 47.61 seconds. He’s won two U.S. outdoor titles and was second at the 2008 Olympic Trials. His college highlights include two NCAA 400 hurdles outdoor championships plus the 2005 NCAA indoor 400-meter title. He also anchored Florida’s NCAA Indoor champion 4 x 400 relay squad in 2005.
- Height: 6-2
- Weight: 184
- Birth date: October 31, 1985
- Hometown: LaPorte, Texas
- World Championships: Two
- Personal best: 47.24 (400 hurdles); 44.48 (straight 400)