Steven Solomon (born 16 May 1993) is an Australian Olympic sprinter. He is a five-time defending Australian 400 metres champion.

Steven Solomon
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Personal information
Nationality Australia
Born (1993-05-16) 16 May 1993 (age 26)
Vaucluse, New South Wales
ResidenceStanford, California
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb)
Sport
SportRunning
Event(s)400 metres
College teamDuke Blue Devils Stanford Cardinal
ClubRandwick Botany Harriers
Coached byIryna Dvoskina (in Australia); PattiSue Plumer (at Stanford)[1]
Achievements and titles
World finals2012 IAAF World Junior Championships, 400m, bronze medal.
National finalsFive-time defending Australian 400 metres champion.
Olympic finals2012 Summer Olympics in London, 400m, placed eighth.
Personal best(s)400 m: 44.97 (London 2012)

In 2011, he broke the 30-year-old national junior record in the 400m. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London at the age of 19, Solomon competed in the finals of the men's 400m race, placing eighth with a time of 45.14 after running a time of 44.97 in the semifinals. He was the first Australian man in 24 years to reach the 400m Olympic final. At the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships he won a bronze medal.

At the 2013 Maccabiah Games, Solomon won a silver medal in the 400m race. At Stanford in 2013, he established a new freshman record in the 400m. In 2014, he set a new Stanford record in the outdoor 400m with a time of 45.36, and ran a 500m in 1:01.44 (the third-fastest time in the world to that point).

PersonalEdit

Solomon was born in the Sydney suburb of Vaucluse, New South Wales, Australia, and is Jewish.[2][3][4][5] His local rabbi is Levi Wolff, a Chabadnik who runs Sydney, Australia’s largest Orthodox congregation, Central Synagogue.[6] His father, Michael, is a South African-born orthopedic surgeon, and his mother is Lucille Solomon.[3][7] He has a younger sister, Bianca.[7]

Solomon was raised in East Lindfield and attended Lindfield East Public School and Cranbrook School, Sydney.[7] Solomon planned to follow his father into medicine after accepting an athletic scholarship in track at Stanford University.[3][6] At Stanford, he studied Human Biology, and graduated in 2017.[3][8] He is attending Duke University in 2017-18 to study for a Masters in Management Studies (MMS) at the Fuqua School of Business.[9]

CareerEdit

Solomon first began formal track training in 2009, and that year he won the Under-17 All-Schools Championship in the 400m.[3][10] Solomon competed for Australia in the Maccabiah Games, the "Jewish Olympics", as captain of the junior soccer team at the 2009 Maccabiah Games.[5][11] He was named the 2009 Maccabi New South Wales Junior Sportsman of the Year.[3]

After breaking the 30-year-old national junior record in the 400m in 2011, Solomon was part of the Australian squad in the 4 × 400 metres relay at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics.[12] He won the 2011 Australia National Championship in the 400m at 17 years of age.[3][7] In September 2011, he suffered a hamstring tear.[7] He was named the Maccabi New South Wales Sportsman of the Year in 2011.[3]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London at the age of 19, he competed in the finals of the Men's 400 m race, placing eighth with a time of 45.14, after running a time of 44.97 in the semifinals.[3] Two and a half years prior, Solomon had never run a 400m race.[13] He was the first Australian man in 24 years to reach the 400m final at the Olympics.[9] He also ran on Australia's 4x400 relay team that ran 3:03.17 in the first round, and did not advance to the final.[3] He won the 2012 Australia National Championship in the 400m in a time of 45.54, despite his hamstring injury.[3][9][6] At the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, he won a bronze medal in the 400m as he set a personal record of 45.52.[3][10] He was awarded the 2012 Richard Coombes Memorial Award for Most Outstanding Male Athlete.[14]

Solomon competed for Australia again as captain of the junior soccer team at the 2013 Maccabiah Games.[5][11] At those Games he also competed in track, and won a silver medal in the 400m race, with a time of 46.24.[15][3] At the 2013 Morton Games in Dublin, Ireland, he came in third with a time of 46.18.[3] At the 2013 World Championships in Athletics in Moscow, Russia, returning from a back injury he led off for the Australia 4 x 400 relay team, running a split of 45.3, as the team finished eighth in the final with a time of 3:02.26.[3][16] At Stanford in 2013, he established a new freshman record in the 400 with a 46.12 (No. 3 on the school's all-time list), and was named a second-team All-American.[3] He was also named the top junior sprinter for 2013 at the NSW Athletics’ awards, and the Maccabi Australia Outstanding Jewish Sportsman of the Year.[14][17]

In 2014, he set a new Stanford record in the outdoor 400m while winning the Australian national championship, running 45.36, and also finished second at the Pac-12 Championships in a time of 45.79.[3][9] Running indoors for Stanford, Solomon ran a 45.75 split in the 400 medley relay at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships (as the Cardinal won the title in 9:37.63), and also won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) title in the 400 in 46.24, and ran a 500 in 1:01.44 (the third-fastest time in the world to that point).[3] He was injured, as a back problem turned into a chronic hamstring injury and then a torn hamstring in the 400m semifinal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games that necessitated surgery after the Games, and he therefore only competed for Stanford for two years.[9][1][18]

Solomon missed the qualifying time to represent Australia at the 2016 Olympic Games by milliseconds.[19] The cut-off was 45.40, and he missed it by one-10th of a second.[20]

In April 2017, Solomon won a record-tying fifth Australian National Championship in the 400m, in a time of 46.66 in wet conditions.[9][8][19] At the June 2017 TrackTown Summer Series 400m race he ran a time of 45.19, his fastest race since the 2012 Olympic final, thereby qualifying for the 2017 World Championships in Athletics in London.[9][1]

As a graduate student at Duke University in 2017-18, he is finishing his final year of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) athletic eligibility with the Duke Blue Devils track & field team.[9] In January 2018 he set a new personal record in the indoor 800m with a time of 1:52.09, and in February 2018 he set new personal records in the indoor 400m with a time of 45.44 (setting a new Australian record, and breaking the all-time Duke University indoor record for that distance as well as the ACC record), and in the 600m with a time of 1:17.49 (breaking the Duke record).[21][22][23] He finished the season as first team All-ACC, and a second team All-American.[24][22]

AchievementsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Australia
2010 Oceania Youth Championships Sydney, Australia 1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:20.10
World Junior Championships Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada 11th (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:11.19
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 38th (h) 400 m 46.27
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 7th 400 m 45.64
4 × 400 m relay DQ
2019 World Relays Yokohama, Japan 7th 4 × 400 m relay 3:05.59
World Championships Doha, Qatar 20th (sf) 400 m 45.54
14th (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:05.49

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c [1], The Australian.
  2. ^ "Solomon wins bronze," J-Wire.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Steven Solomon - 2012-13 Track and Field Roster," GoStanford.com.
  4. ^ "Global stars will light up London Olympics". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  5. ^ a b c Goldberg, Dan (30 July 2012). "Australia's Steven Solomon takes fast track to Olympics". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  6. ^ a b c "London Olympics: Australia’s Steven Solomon takes fast track to Olympics," AZ Jewish Post.
  7. ^ a b c d e About Me — Steven Solomon
  8. ^ a b "Solomon secures spot at world championships", The Australian Jewish News.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h "Duke Signs Olympic 400m Finalist Steven Solomon," GoDuke.com.
  10. ^ a b "The wonderful sprinter of Oz," Haaretz.
  11. ^ a b David Weiner (5 July 2013). "Maccabiah 2013: Steven Solomon". J-Wire. Archived from the original on 14 March 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  12. ^ "Steven Solomon qualifies for World Track and Field championships". Maccabi Australia. 18 April 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  13. ^ "Steven Solomon qualifies for 400 metres final," Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  14. ^ a b "Solomon named NSW’s top athlete," The Australian Jewish News.
  15. ^ "Maccabiah athletes reach their moment of truth," The Times of Israel.
  16. ^ "Solomon, Israelis on show at world champs"
  17. ^ "MAI awards top sports stars"
  18. ^ "The agony and the ecstasy"
  19. ^ a b "Fifth national title for studious Solomon"
  20. ^ "A different track: Steve Solomon finds his way to Rio 2016," Stanford Daily.
  21. ^ Steven SOLOMON | Profile | iaaf.org
  22. ^ a b [2]
  23. ^ Sprinters and jumpers lead Duke track and field into ACC indoor championships - The Chronicle
  24. ^ Solomon Represents Duke in the 400m at NCAAs - Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site - GoDuke.com

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