Robinson Runs Away With National Honor
June 3, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Khadevis Robinson, a first-year assistant track & field coach at UNLV, was named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after winning the 800m race at the Rome Golden Gala Diamond League event in a time of 1:45.09 last Thursday.
Robinson, a 2004 Olympian and four-time champion in both the USA Outdoor and USA Indoor competition, was near the back of the pack with 500m remaining in the race before he made his move and took the lead with 100m left to claim victory. He finished ahead of runner-up Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, the 2009 World Champion from South Africa, and fourth-place finisher Asbel Kiprop, the 2008 Olympic 1500m gold medalist out of Kenya.
"It was obviously a good race," noted Robinson. "I'm pleased to have won that race. It lets me know that I'm still in somewhat good shape and obviously, I'm happy with that. I've got the national championships this year, which determines who goes to worlds. I've raced three times this year and have won all three. Winning isn't my main focus, it is nationals, getting better, running fast, being consistent and getting better."
Besides his win in Rome, he has also notched victories earlier this season in Jamaica and California. He will participate in the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday, June 4, in Eugene, Ore., at Hayward field, which is also the site for this year's 2011 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships (June 23-26) later this month.
"We are very proud of Khadevis," said UNLV head coach Yvonne Scott. "He is an awesome athlete and his knowledge and love for the sport makes him a great coach. We are very blessed to have him as part of this staff."
Now in its tenth year, USATF's Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on the USATF website. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.