Former Track Star and Current World Record Holder Kevin Young Inducted into USA Track & Field Hall of Fame
Nov. 21, 2006
Kevin Young, the World Record Holder in the 400m hurdles and a former Bruin, will be inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame in December, the USATF announced on Tuesday. Young is the 12th former Bruin to be inducted into this Hall of Fame, joining an elite group of athletes including Mike Powell, Greg Foster, Willie Banks, Dwight Stones, Rafer Johnson, Florence Griffith Joyner, Kate Schmidt, Francie Larrieu Smith, Evelyn Ashford, Jackie Joyner Kersee and coach Jim Bush.
Track & field legends Dan O'Brien, Lynn Jennings and Young headline an impressive group of inductees for the National Track & Field Hall of Fame Class of 2006. The inductees, announced on Tuesday by USA Track & Field, also include legendary Veteran athletes Rex Cawley, Ben Eastman, Matt McGrath and Bill Nieder, as well as former USATF Executive Director Ollan Cassell in the Contributor category.
The Class of 2006 will be inducted Saturday evening, December 2, at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held in conjunction with USATF's 2006 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.
'I congratulate our tremendous Class of 2006 on their induction into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame,' said USATF President Bill Roe. 'These highly accomplished individuals have made invaluable contributions to the betterment of track and field in our country, and they are all most deserving of this high honor.'
Young had a quiet, yet storied track and field career highlighted by his performance at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in which he became the first and only man in history to shatter the 47-second barrier by winning the 1992 Olympic men's 400m hurdles gold medal in the astounding world record time of 46.78 seconds. Using his unusual technique of switching between 12 and 13-stride intervals between hurdles, Young bettered the world record of 47.02 set by Edwin Moses in 1983 despite slamming the final hurdle and raising his arms in triumph prior to reaching the finish. His record still stands and he remains the only athlete ever to break the 47-second barrier.
As a collegian, Young was nicknamed 'Spiderman' by his teammates at UCLA, where he won the 1987 and 1988 NCAA 400m hurdles crowns. He was also a three-time Pac-10 champion in the intermediate hurdles. After winning the 400m hurdles at the 1993 USA Outdoor Championships, later that summer Young won the gold medal at the World Outdoor Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.