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Shawn Crawford: 2004 Gold Medalist at 200 Meters


Shawn Crawford: 2004 Gold Medalist at 200 Meters

Shawn Crawford

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Crawford placed second in the 200 at the Olympic Trials with a time of 19.86, less than one-hundredth of a second behind winner Walter Dix. The defending Olympic 200-meter champ then edged Dix to earn a silver medal in Beijing.

Great in Greece:

After winning the 200 at the 2004 Olympic Trials, Crawford enjoyed a strong performance in Athens. He won the 200 in a personal best 19.79 seconds to lead a U.S. medals sweep. He was fourth in the 100 and earned a silver medal in the 4 x 100 relay, running the lead leg.

Eccentric runner?:

In 2002, Crawford ran a race while wearing a silver mask. When the mask fell over his eyes he veered out of his lane and was disqualified. The next year he appeared on the Fox TV show “Man vs. Beast” and raced a giraffe and a zebra.

Career highlights:

In addition to his 2004 Olympic performance, Crawford won two World Indoor championships in the 200 and earned a World Outdoor bronze medal in 2001. He’s won three U.S. 200-meter outdoor titles and one 60-meter indoor championships. He was also a two-time NCAA indoor 200-meter champ for Clemson.

The stats:

  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 165
  • Age: 30
  • Birth date: January 14, 1978
  • Hometown: Van Wyck, South Carolina
  • World Championships: Three (one outdoor, two indoor)


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