EUGENE, Oregon: Wallace Spearmon surged down the finishing straight to win the US Olympic trials 200 metres in a quick but wind-assisted 19.82 seconds on Sunday.
The victory gave Spearmon, who missed out on a medal at the Beijing Olympics when he was disqualified for a lane violation, a chance for redemption in London.
He said he planned to make amends even though that means he will have to outrun Jamaicans Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt.
"It (the disqualification) is definitely something that has been on my mind since 2008," said the 27-year-old Spearmon, who missed most of last season with a hamstring injury.
"It is hard enough to make one Olympic team. To go and make the finals, step on the line when you thought you had a medal, take about 300 metres of the victory lap and then have to live with that. If I had not made the team this year, that would have been on my mind for the rest of my life."
Spearmon, close friends with Bolt, said he was surprised Blake and Bolt were not faster in the Jamaican Olympic trials final on Sunday. Blake ran 19.80 seconds with world record holder and Olympic champion Bolt second in 19.83, times which the outspoken Spearman said he, trials runner-up Maurice Mitchell (20.14) and Isiah Young (20.16) could match.