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2007 Tyson Invitational: Carter to Spearhead Assault on 4 x 400m World Record; Felix to Try to Record
By Bob Ramsak
February 2, 2007
Track Profile Reports #611 & #612
Sponsored in part by Shooting Star Meda /American Track and Field

Xavier Carter, one of last season's biggest breakthrough international stars, will be part of a U.S. quartet aiming for the world indoor record in the 4x400 meter relay on February 9 at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Carter, 21, stormed to the center of the track world last summer when he clocked 19.62 to become the second fastest man ever over 200 meters. His performance in Lausanne came just a month after he became the first man since Jesse Owens to win four events at an NCAA Championships, including an unprecendented 100/400 double.

In Fayetteville, Carter, also known as "The X-Man," is expected to team up with Andrew Rock, Wallace Spearmon, Jr., and LaShawn Merritt in an assault on the 3:02.83 world indoor record set by Andre Morris, Dameon Johnson, Deon Minor And Milton Campbell at the 1997 World Indoor Championships in Maebashi, Japan. At last year's meet, the American squad of Kerron Clement, Spearmon, Darold Williamson and Jeremy Wariner dipped under the 1997 record, clocking 3:01.96, but their performance was not ratified as a world record since doping tests were not conducted.

Carter has a career best of 44.53 in the 400 outdoors, and 45.28 indoors. Merritt, whose participation in the relay is yet to be confirmed, is also scheduled to contest the 400 at the competition. At the 2005 edition, Merritt clocked 44.93, currently the fourth fastest performance ever and a world junior record. Outdoors last summer, the 20-year-old improved to 44.14, and ran a leg on both the victorious 4x400 relay squads at the World Indoor Championships and the season-capping IAAF World Cup.

The Tyson Invitational is the third stop of USA Track & Field's Visa Championship Series.

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From Track Profile Report #611

Vanya Stambolova, the European 400 meter champion, will be aiming for the world indoor best in the 300 meters at Saturday,s Akademik meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The 23-year-old Bulgarian, last year the world,s No. 2 in the 400 meters behind American Sanya Richards, will be gunning for the 35.45 mark set by Irina Privalova of Russia in 1993. Rarely contested, the event's 36-second barrier has only been cracked three times, most recently by Privalova 14 years ago, and twice by sprint legend Merlene Ottey, who ran 35.83 and 35.96 in 1981.

Stambolova produced a stellar 2006 season, setting eight national records and running under 50 seconds six times. In March she ran to the silver medal at the World Indoor Championships, and capped her season with a runner-up finish to Richards at the World Cup in September and ended the season with a 49.53 career best.

Stambolova is also scheduled to contest her first race ever in the 60 meters, where she,ll face Bulgaria,s Tezdzhan Naimova, the reigning world junior champion at 100 and 200 meters.

Earlier this week organizers of the Tyson Invitational announced that Allyson Felix, the reigning world 200m champion, will also be gunning for Privalova's long-standing mark at the February 9 meet in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The U.S. record of 36.96 was set last year by Virginia high schooler Francena McCorory. The IAAF, the world's governing body for track and field, does not recognize the event for official world record status.

(c) 2007 TRACK PROFILE Report, all rights reserved


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