|Representing the |
|1983 Helsinki||400 m|
|World Indoor Championships|
|1987 Indianapolis||400 m|
|IAAF World Cup|
|1985 Canberra||400 m|
|1985 Canberra||4×400 m relay|
|1987 Zagreb||400 m|
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He was the silver medalist in the event at the inaugural 1983 World Championships in Athletics. m title at the 1985 NCAA Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship. That same year he took the gold medal at the 1985 IAAF Grand Prix Final and two further golds at the 1985 IAAF World Cup in the 400 m and 4×400-meter relay events. He was the fastest athlete of 1985 over 400 m with his personal best time of 44.47 seconds.He was given the Harrison Dillard Award in 1984 for his achievements. While attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he took the 400
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