Racewalker Tim Seaman stays, prodigy walks away to London
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EUGENE, Ore. -- Racewalker Tim Seaman won't be going to his third Olympic Games -- and can't be happier about staying home.
The North Babylon High School and Wisconsin-Parkside graduate walked the 20 kilometers for the USA at Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004 and remains close to the top of his game. Now 40, he set three American masters records Saturday morning at the Olympic track and field trials, topped by his 1-hour, 27-minute, 29.18-second clocking for 20,000 meters.
But all that got him was second place in a race won by 19-year-old Trevor Barron, Seaman's New York Athletic Club teammate and protege, in a trials-record time of 1:23:00.10.
Usually staged on the road, the walk was switched to the Hayward Field track because of events on nearby Agate Street and became a 50-lap race. Since it was on the track, it was termed a "meters race." Had it been on the road, it would have been a "kilometers event."
"Trevor is an amazing talent and has an incredible future; I couldn't be happier that he won and will be going to London, he'll represent us well," said Seaman, who coaches Barron -- from a distance.
They get together whenever their busy schedules allow. They also meet at major national walking events.
With the Olympic trials "A" standard set at 1:22:30 and the "B" at 1:24:30, Barron became the lone qualifier for London. It was Seaman's second second place in an Olympic trials event this year; he'd placed second in the trials 50k race in January.