(born 24 July 1982) is an American hurdler
. He was born in Cincinnati
and his family moved to the suburb of Wyoming
. Payne competed in the 110 and 400 meter hurdles while attending the University of Cincinnati
. While at UC, Payne won multiple individual titles in Conference USA
and was named Conference USA Outdoor Athlete of the Year while guiding the Bearcats to the C-USA 2004 outdoor title. He set school records for both distances and was a two time NCAA All-American in the 110m hurdles. Payne now resides in Northern Kentucky and trains in Cincinnati, Ohio.
In 2007 he won the silver medal at the Pan American Games
behind Dayron Robles
, and the bronze medal at the 2007 World Championships
, the latter in a personal best time of 13.02 seconds. This feat was especially surprising since Payne was filling in, as an alternate, for the injured American record holder, Dominique Arnold
, and had only arrived in Japan
from the U.S. less than 24 hours before he was to race.
Payne grabbed the final qualifying spot for the Beijing Olympics at the 2008 Outdoor National Championships. At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, Payne continued his ascent in the track and field world and won a Silver Medal in the 110m hurdles in a season best time of 13.17 seconds. World record holder Dayron Robles
, of Cuba, won the gold.
In 2009, after sitting out most of the indoor season, Payne returned to Olympic form during the outdoor season capturing the 2009 USATF National... Read More