Already the world leader in the 400 (49.39), the wife of Jaguars cornerback Aaron Ross may be the fastest in the family after trouncing the 200 field in a world-leading 22.09 last Saturday. Richards-Ross may run both at the U.S. Olympic Trials later this month.
Why is he running track? "No me gusta beisbol," says Santos. Just 18, he is the second-fastest quarter-miler in the world this year. With a personal best of 44.45, Santos is more precocious in the event than was a former prodigy 400 runner, name of Bolt.
The 37-year-old Kenyan-born American no longer has the raw speed for the 1,500 meters that he did when he took bronze in Sydney in '00, nor when he took silver in Athens in '04, but he outkicked the 1,500 field on Saturday. Now targeting the 5,000 meters, he'll have speed to burn.