Feb 13, 2010

Georgia Sophomore Torrin Lawrence Clocks 45.03 And Moves Into The Top 5 All Time Indoor 400 Meter Dash

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Georgia sophomore sprinter Torrin Lawrence registered the world’s fastest 400-meter dash time this year during the opening day of the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday.

Lawrence, a Jacksonville, Fla., native who was running out of the second heat, clocked an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 45.03, which is the third-fastest time in collegiate history and the seventh-fastest overall time in the history of the world. This was the fastest indoor 400 meter time run since Kerron Clement (44.57) broke the world record in 2005.

His time also shattered the school 400 meter record, which was set at the 2008 SEC Indoor Championships. Justin Gaymon set the former record of 45.94 as he was claiming a conference title.

Lawrence has already had a banner indoor season in 2010. At the Hokie Invitational, he crossed the 300-meter dash finish line in 32.32 to top the former collegiate record of 32.67 set by Mississippi State’s Lorenzo Daniel in Gainesville, Fla., on March 1, 1987. Lawrence’s 300 time was also the fifth-fastest time in the world ever and the fastest time in the world this year, threatening Wallace Spearmon’s world-record time of 31.88 set in 2005.

Lawrence also won the 200 at the Virginia Tech Elite meet with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 20.80. This is the second-fastest 200 in the world this year and is just three hundredths of a second off of his school record set in 2009.

The remainder of Georgia’s results from the Tyson Invitational on Friday will be released at the completion of the last event.

World All-Time Performers List, Men’s 400 meters — Indoor
Time Athlete Nat’l Location Date
44.57 Kerron CLEMENT USA Fayetteville, Ark. Mar 12, 2005
44.63 Michael JOHNSON USA Atlanta, Ga. Mar 4, 1995
44.93 LaShawn MERRITT USA Fayetteville, Ark. Feb 11, 2005
45.02 Danny EVERETT USA Stuttgart, Germany Feb 2, 1992
45.03 Torrin LAWRENCE USA Fayetteville, Ark. Feb 12, 2010

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