Wallace Spearmon, who lives in Cedar Hill and trains in Arlington, easily advanced in 200 meters qualifying. He is trying to make up for a sour 2008 Beijing Games, in which he won bronze, only to be disqualified for a slight step outside of his lane.
The semifinal heats are scheduled to begin Wednesday at 2:10 p.m. (CT). Spearmon was the Olympic Trials champion at 200 meters.
As the reigning world champion in the 110M hurdles, Jason Richardson looks to add another title to his biography -- Olympic champion.
He took advantage of that opportunity Tuesday with his first qualifying race. Richardson came in first in the second round of heats, crossing the finish line with a time of 13.33. He will move on to the semifinal in the 100m hurdles happening on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 1:15 p.m. CST.
The 26-year-old now resides in Los Angeles, but calls Cedar Hill home. In an email interview, Richardson answered a few questions about his childhood, becoming an Olympic athlete, and his life and career:
On growing up in Cedar Hill:
"Life in Cedar Hill is the best. Having lived there all of my life, it's an interesting blend of rural and urban environments, but most of all, I get to call it home."
On his many personalities:
"Personally, I believe that we are the sum total of our experiences, and it's a disservice to put ourselves into a box. I learned early on that I'm allowed to be whomever and whatever I want to be in life, including a basket case who hosts several personalities. I host a distinguished gentlemen who enjoys reading classics and cognac, an older white lady who loves The Golden Girls (my sister and I favorite show), a rebelling youth who itches at the ideas of authority, and a spandex-wearing Superhero who wants to save the world through track and field."
On choosing the hurdles:
"I fell in love with hurdling because it is track and field -- the speed of track and the jumping of field. What I loathe about hurdling can be answered by the battle wounds on my knees and shins. Hurdling has unfortunately thwarted my plans of being a leg model. While others wanted to be ballistic sprinters, I wanted to defy gravity and full speed and become a hurdler."
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