The 2004 Olympic 400-meter gold medalist was favored to repeat in Beijing but had to settle for second place, behind LaShawn Merritt
, at both the 2008 Olympic Trials and the Olympic final in Beijing. Wariner did earn his third Olympic gold medal by anchoring the winning U.S. 4 x 400-meter relay team. Wariner had similar results at the 2009 World Outdoor Championships, finishing second in the 400 while helping the U.S. earn the gold in the 4 x 400.
He's got the look:
There are three easy ways to identify Wariner on the track. First, he’s usually leading. He also wears sunglasses, even at night, and diamond earrings.
Wariner’s personal best time in the 400 is 43.45 seconds, third-best all-time. He’s chasing the world record of 43.18 held by Michael Johnson, who’s Wariner’s agent.
Wariner’s gold medal in 2004 was the sixth consecutive 400-meter gold for the U.S. He also earned a gold in the 4 x 400 relay. Wariner won World Outdoor championships – in both the 400 and the 4 x 400 relay – in 2005 and ’07, plus U.S. Outdoor championships in 2004-05 and NCAA Indoor and Outdoor championships in 2004 for Baylor in both the 400 and the 4 x 400 relay. He was ranked first in the world from 2004-07. Wariner ran the third leg on the 4 x 400 team that set the U.S. indoor record of 3:01.96 in 2006, joining Kerron Clement, Wallace Spearmon and Darold Williamson.
- Height: 6-0
- Weight: 155
- Age: 25
- Hometown: Arlington, Texas
- World Championships: Four