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?