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Originally published Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 5:35 PM

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Wariner says he's 'remotivated' to pursue gold

Former Olympic 400-meter champion Jeremy Wariner said he's remotivated in his career and ready to chase after more gold medals.

AP Sports Writer

AUSTIN, Texas —

Former Olympic 400-meter champion Jeremy Wariner said he's remotivated in his career and ready to chase after more gold medals.

Wariner ran the anchor leg for the winning Adidas team in the invitational 1,600-relay Saturday at the Texas Relays. Wariner's team already had the lead when he got the baton from Darold Williamson and coasted in to win with a time of 3 minutes, 4.38 seconds.

"Physically I'm great. Getting that first quarter out of the way is good," said Wariner, who turned 27 in January.

It was an easy run on a hot and breezy day in front of about 20,000 fans. The University of Texas track was the launching pad for Wariner's career. He won the NCAA championship in the 400 here in 2004 before winning his Olympic gold a few months later in Athens, Greece.

But Wariner parted ways with his longtime coach Clyde Hart before the 2008 Olympics and finished second to LaShawn Merritt, who beat him again in the 2009 world championships.

Wariner and Hart reunited in 2009 and Wariner says he feels like he's ahead of schedule as he builds toward the world championships later this year.

Wariner admitted it has been difficult to find the right mental focus needed to win every year.

"It's hard, each year trying to find motivation to reach the next level," Wariner said. "Those two years, in '08 and '09 kind of backed me off a little bit. I got remotivated and refocused. I'm back where I was and ready to go. My goal is to win as many championships as possible."

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