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
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
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.
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
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.
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