Maybe Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner can set a record now for the fastest sandwich delivery.
Wariner, the former Arlington Lamar and Baylor track star, now will have more time to devote to his Jimmy John’s franchise in Dallas after announcing his retirement from the sport, Chris Chavez of Sports Illustrated reported Wednesday.
Wariner, 33, had slowed down on the track in recent years but still managed to compete professionally as he balanced it with his burgeoning sandwich business.
But his disappointing performance in last year’s Olympic Trials when he pulled up with a cramp in the 400-meter semifinal convinced him to finally hang up his cleats and focus on his new pursuit as a franchise owner.
Wariner won the gold in the 400 meters in 44.0 seconds at age 20 at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and ran a career-best 43.45 at the 2007 world championships in Osaka, Japan.
He also captured gold in 2004 as part of the United States’ 4x400-meter relay team, and added another gold medal in the 4x400 at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Wariner ran under 44 seconds nine times, topped only by fellow Baylor alum Michael Johnson who accomplished the feat on 22 occasions.
But hip and foot injuries eventually hampered Wariner as he never ran any faster after age 23.
Wariner takes pride in his new business and “Freaky Fast” motto as he races against the clock with his sandwich deliveries. His Jimmy John’s franchise averages 8 to 9 minutes per order, and occasionally he even handles the delivery himself.
“I walk like I run,” Wariner told SI. “Getting from our building to the door, I think I’m still a lot quicker than most people.”