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EUGENE, Ore. — From the pictures she’s seen through a virtual tour, Sanya Richards-Ross has a beautiful new home in Jacksonville, Fla., awaiting her arrival.
She’s looking forward to moving into the place her husband, Aaron Ross, a recently signed defensive back for the Jaguars, picked out for the power couple.
Only, it won’t be anytime soon.
Richards-Ross has no spare time to even think about packing and relocating from her training center in Austin, Texas. Not this close to the London Olympics and especially not now, after adding the 200-meter race to her signature event, the 400.
It’s a lot to tackle for a runner who’s still fighting a baffling illness.
Then again, Richards-Ross prefers a swift pace, whether it’s on the track or in life.
“That’s how my brain operates. I need a million things going on at one time so I can do one thing well,” said the 27-year-old Richards-Ross, who will run in the first round of the 400 on Friday night.
After two injury-plagued and inconsistent seasons, Richards-Ross is rounding back into her top form again, the one that led to a 2009 world title in the 400. That crown meant a lot to her, simply because it showed Richards-Ross she could indeed win on the biggest of stages.
Before that race, she had a resume filled with narrow misses at major meets.
At the top of the list was her performance at the 2008 Beijing Games. She was the favorite entering the 400, but faltered down the stretch and faded to third place.
Heartbroken, she dissolved into tears immediately after the race.
She hasn’t watched many replays of that race, just enough to remember the sting of the moment.
“I can remember the feeling of crossing the finish line and being so disappointed,” Richards-Ross said. “I learned a lot from that — about being patient, not just in race, but throughout the season. I’m definitely using that to prepare myself for this year. I know I have a better performance in me than in 2008.”
So far, she’s off to a flying start. Richards-Ross has the top time this season in the 400 when she finished in 49.39 seconds at the Prefontaine Classic on the famed Hayward Field track earlier this month.
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