Aldrich Bailey, The Youngest men's 400m runner in the US Olympic Trials, by Roy Stevenson, note by Larry Eder

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Aldrich Bailey, 2012 US Olympic Trials, 400m, photo by PhotoRun.net

Aldrich Bailey is the youngest young man in the men's 400 meters. He sure looked fantastic in his round, running with LaShawn Merritt. Will Aldrich make our feature in Summer Athletes Only and American Track & Field on Preps who made Olympic teams? He sure looks great. Here is Roy Stevenson's first of his daily pieces (one a day, like Dick Patrick, Jon Gugula, Elliott Denman, David Hunter, and James Dunaway) for Runblogrun.com. We hope that you enjoy!
Aldrich Bailey
The youngest men's 400m runner in the US Olympic Trials
By Roy Stevenson


All eyes were on LaShawn Merritt in heat 1 of the men's 400 meters yesterday so few people noticed the tall smooth-striding youngster in lane 8 who slipped into third place in 45.59 to qualify for the semi-finals.

The eighteen year old (b. 2/6/94) from Timberview H.S, Arlington, Texas, has made his mark on High School 400m running, and is the 6th fastest HS runner ever with a mark of 45.19, a national HS record.

Bailey is the National Junior 400m Champion, and will be attending Texas A&M on scholarship. With windy 10.46 and 20.49, Bailey is too tall for the short sprints, and a natural for the 400m.  His range of times in finals for last season was an impressive 45.19 to 47.57. Watch Aldrich Bailey in future Olympic trials and US Champs. Will he be the next Wariner or Merritt?


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