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Former Clemson Men’s Track and Field Athlete Wins World Championship

March 10, 2001

CLEMSON, S.C. – Former Clemson men’s track and field standout Shawn Crawford won the World Championship in the 200m dash Saturday in Lisbon, Portugal. Crawford, who runs for Team USA and the Mizuno Track Club, became Clemson’s second world champion in the 200m dash as he claimed the indoor title with a time of 20.61. James Trapp, currently a member of the 2001 Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens football team, claimed the 200m indoor world championship in 1993.

As a Tiger, Crawford was the most decorated men’s track and field athlete in Clemson history. He was an 11-time All-American, a three time National Champion in the 200m dash and is the American indoor record holder in the 200m dash with a time of 20.26.

Charles Foster, Clemson’s Sprint and Hurdles coach as well as Crawford’s coach said, “Our entire training was geared toward winning the indoor world championships. We had actually put the cart before the horse in taking the USA Championships for granted when it was by a stroke of luck that we did make the National Team. We knew if we got to Lisbon our chances of winning a world championship were excellent. We actually only achieved what we set out to do, and that was to cross the finish line first regardless of time. I am still very proud of Shawn. He will certainly run faster in the outdoor season.”

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