Saucony Athlete Wallace Spearmon Triumphant at U.S. Trials

Record Number of Saucony Athletes Going to London, Strengthening Position As Leading Global Performance Running Brand and Bringing “Find Your Strong” Story to Life

LEXINGTON, MA (July 2, 2012) – Global performance running footwear and apparel brand Saucony, Inc. today announced that now two-time Olympian and “Team Saucony” athlete Wallace Spearmon soared to victory in the finals of the men's 200-meter dash at the U.S. Track and Field Trials at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon on Sunday night. In a time of 19.82 seconds, Spearmon, undefeated this year in the 200, seized the win and his chance for redemption in London after a lane violation deprived him of the bronze medal in Beijing in 2008. With his win, Spearmon leads a record number of London-bound “Team Saucony” athletes from around the world, clearly strengthening Saucony's position as one of the leading performance running brands globally.

“The Trials were a proving ground for both our athletes and innovations, and we stood up to the test,” said Richie Woodworth, president of Saucony. “It was an incredible win for the brand, bringing the ‘Find Your Strong' story to life through our powerful athletes while inspiring runners everywhere. Our technologies delivered at the elite level of performance that our athletes expect, and their achievements bore this out. We salute every athlete who toed the line in Eugene, especially our own ‘Team Saucony,' whose accomplishments clearly strengthen our position as one of the leading performance running brands in the world,” added Woodworth.
“Team Saucony's” U.S. contingent heading to London includes: Wallace Spearmon (200-meter); Duane Solomon, Jr. (800-meter); Tianna Madison (100-meter); DeeDee Trotter (400-meter); Molly Huddle (5,000-meter); Lauryn Williams (4X100-meter relay team); and Keisha Baker (4X400-meter relay team).
“Team Saucony” athletes competed in the brand's latest evolution of track and field footwear, engineered with athlete insights and research from Saucony's Human Performance and Innovation Lab. Designed with advanced FlexFilm™ and Pebax Spike Plate® technologies and featherweight supportive synthetics, “Team Saucony” performed in the lightest, fastest and most innovative spikes ever built by the brand, including the Showdown Sprint Spike, the Endorphin MD3 Middle Distance Spike and the Endorphin LD3 Distance Spike.
“The Trials allowed us to showcase our award-winning technologies on the world's best athletes in front of the most passionate and knowledgeable track fans on the planet,” said Woodworth. “Now, we can't wait to raise the bar higher in London.”
The following is a complete global roster of “Team Saucony” athletes who are qualified for London:

Keisha Baker4x400M RelayUSA
Molly Huddle5000MUSA
Tianna Madison100MUSA
Duane Solomon, Jr.800MUSA
Wallace Spearmon200MUSA
DeeDee Trotter400MUSA
Lauryn Williams4X100M RelayUSA
Sara GroffTriathlonUSA
Dale StevensonShot PutAustralia
Benita WillisMarathonAustralia
Taheshia Harrigan100M & 200MBritish Virgin Islands
Nate Brannen1500MCanada
Nicole Sifuentes1500MCanada
Cydonie Mothersill200MCayman Islands
Barbara RiverosTriathlonChile
Dave WebbMarathonGreat Britain
Vicky HollandTriathlonGreat Britain
Derval O'Rourke100MhIreland
Kenia Sinclair800M & 1500MJamaica
Aleesha Barber100MhTrinidad & Tobago
Pater Vander Westhuizen1500MSouth Africa

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