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September 2, 2009

Spann world champion in 400 meters

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, Calif. — Terrance Spann has a numerical system in order to remember important dates like his wedding anniversary.

But one of the numbers that means the most to him right now has no order at all.

Placed in his son’s room where 2-month-old Kingston can sometimes take a peek when he’s not sleeping is a trophy that exemplifies Spann’s greatest accomplishment — the world champion in the 400-meter dash in his age group for 2009.

The time: 48.14 seconds.

“I put it (trophy) in a shadow box with four other major medals from my 2009 season and placed them in the nursery for my son to stare at,” said Spann, 35, and a 1992 Americus High graduate. “I get to see them often as well as we spend quit a bit of time in there.”

Spann competed at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Lahti, Finland, July 28-Aug. 8 in which he won by more than a full second.

“No question, hands down, this race had to be the most stressful, and at the same time most invigorating experience, in my lifetime,” said Spann. “The last 50 meters, in the heat of the moment, I was thinking, ‘I’m almost there.’ All the work the past three years was right there, and I had to maintain my form. Before I knew it, I crossed the line and it was done.

“You run each race like it’s your last race. If you do lose, you don’t want to go home thinking you made a mistake. I executed my runs at 100 percent each time.”

When he’s not training, Spann spends his time as a celebrity personal trainer, specializing in sprinting, Pilates, yoga, boxing and more. One of his clients is 2003 American Idol winner Ruben Studdard.

“It’s pretty exciting being that you get to stay in the nice hotels and A-1 service wherever you go,” said Spann. “It’s like being a celebrity yourself. But I don’t like the time away from my family.”

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