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Walter Dix: U.S. 200-Meter Champ

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Walter Dix: U.S. 200-Meter Champ

Walter Dix

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Walter Dix ran a strong second to Tyson Gay in the 100 meters at the Olympic Trials, then, with Gay injured, Dix took charge and won the 200 in 19.86. Dix continued his strong running in Beijing, earning a bronze medal in both the 100 and 200.

Respectable debut:

Dix strode into the national spotlight at age 18 when he finished sixth in the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200.

Record-breaker:

Dix enjoyed a record-setting college career at Florida State. In 2007 he established an NCAA record in the 200 when he won the East Regional in 19.69 seconds. In the 2005 East Regional Dix won the 100 in 10.06 seconds to break the American junior (19-and-under) record.

Career highlights:

Dix placed third in the 100 at the 2007 U.S. Outdoor championships. At Florida State, Dix won six individual NCAA championships. He won the Outdoor 100 in 2005, the Indoor and Outdoor 200 in 2006, the Outdoor 100 and 200 in 2007 and the Outdoor 200 in 2008. In ’07 Dix became the first sprinter since 1969 to win the 100, 200 and 4 x 100 relay at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

The stats:

  • Height: 5-9
  • Weight: 190
  • Age: 22
  • Birth date: January 31, 1986
  • Hometown: Coral Springs, Florida
  • World Championships: None

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