The 2006 IAAF Athlete of the Year, Richards earned half of the million-dollar jackpot by going undefeated in the women's 400 in Golden League competition. In the last meet of the series, she streaked to victory in the women's 400m in a world-leading 49.27 seconds. Richards' other Golden League wins came in Oslo June 15, Paris July 6, Rome July 13, Zurich September 7 and Brussels last Friday.
Now in its sixth year, USATF's Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on the USATF website. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
BEST MARKS WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 16
100 - 11.15 Carmelita Jeter (Nike) - Berlin, GER 9/16
200 - 22.81 Torri Edwards (Nike) - Brussels, BEL 9/14
400 - 49.27 Sanya Richards (Nike) - Berlin, GER 9/16 World leader
800 - 2:02.25 Sasha Spencer (Nike) - Rovereto, ITA 9/12
Mile - 4:27.35 Erin Donohue (Nike) - Brussels, BEL 9/14 U.S. leader
5000 - 14:55.02 Kara Goucher (Nike) - Berlin, GER 9/16
100H - 12.61 Michelle Perry (Nike) - Brussels, BEL 9/14
400H - 56.99 Sheena Johnson (Nike) - Rovereto, ITA 9/12
HJ - 1.90/6-2.75 Amy Acuff (Asics) - Brussels, BEL 9/14
TJ - 13.37/43-10.5 Tiombe Hurd (Nike) - Dubnica, SVK 9/16
SP - 16.82/55-2.25 Kristin Heaston (Nike) - Rovereto, ITA 9/12