On This Day: Jeremy Wariner Wins Olympic Gold

Jeremy Wariner quickly ascended to superstardom in 2004.

On June 12 of that year, Wariner won the NCAA title in the 400 to become just the third man since 1990 to complete the indoor-outdoor sweep, joining Gabriel Luke of Rice (1991) and Roxbert Martin of Oklahoma (1997) in that regard.

A little more than one month later – on July 15, to be exact – Wariner was crowned U.S. champ when he crossed the finish line first at the U.S. Olympic Trials – Track & Field.

Then – on August 23, 2004 – Wariner became golden.

After winning both his quarterfinal and semifinal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, Wariner toed the starting line for the final of the Men’s 400 Meters.

Wariner continued his winning ways, but not without having to work for it. He was slow out of the blocks, but picked up steam as he closed in on 200 meters to go. Wariner broke the stagger with 75 meters left and drew even with Otis Harris one lane over. It didn’t take long for Wariner to show his closing strength as he outkicked Harris for the top prize.

(Since we’re suckers for all things collegiate history, Wariner’s winning time of 44.00 makes him the No. 9 performer on the All-Dates, All-Time Collegiate List.)

Derrick Brew finished third to give the U.S. its third sweep of the podium in Olympic history, matching the efforts of those athletes at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Wariner put together an accomplished international career after the fact, winning three more Olympic medals and six medals at the IAAF World Championships, including back-to-back world titles in the 400 in 2005 and 2007.