July 20, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, FL.— Maintaining her status as one of the most
exceptional track athletes in school history, former FSU track star and
current FSU assistant track coach, Kim Batten, qualified for the United
States Olympics team on July 16th in Sacramento, California. Batten, a
nine-time All-American at FSU, will be competing in her second Olympics.
At the 1996 Olympics, Batten won the Silver Medal in the 400m
hurdles. A year earlier, Batten set the world record in the 400m hurdles
at the 1995 World Championships in Goteburg, Sweden. The whirlwind year
culminated at the ESPY Awards in February when Batten was honored as the
Women’s Track and Field Performer of the Year.
Batten’s name remains in the FSU record book in three events
including the 100m hurdles, 400m intermediate hurdles and the 55m
intermediate hurdles. Batten still trains at Florida State University and
has been instrumental in the development of another potential olympian and
current FSU track star Samantha George. George is attempting to earn a
spot on the Canadian National Olympic Team n 1998 Batten was elected into
the FSU Hall of Fame.
Batten will have six weeks to train before she heads to Sydney with
the U.S. Olympic team.