Aug. 18, 2009
BERLIN, Germany - Former All-American and Olympic gold medalist, Jeremy Wariner, cruised to the top finish in his preliminary heat of the 400 meters at the IAAF World Championships early on Tuesday morning.
Wariner, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, cruised alongside Jamaica's Ricardo Chambers to qualify for the semifinal heats. Wariner clocked a comfortable time of 45.54 seconds, .03 ahead of Chambers, but more than .60 seconds ahead of third-place Teddy Venel of France.
A four-time NCAA champion at Baylor, Wariner is also the two-time defending World champion in the event. In 2007, Wariner blazed through the field in Osaka, Japan, with the fastest time of his career. His time of 43.45 earned Wariner his second consecutive world championship, after winning in Helsinki, Finland, in 2005.
Wariner and fellow United States competitors LeShawn Merrit and Lionel Larry each qualified for the 400-meter semifinal heats set to take place at 11:15 a.m. CDT on Aug. 19, 2009.