Track and Field
PR: 12.90AR (2006)
Born: 1973, in Compton, Calif.
Current Residence: Diamond Bar, Calif.
High School: Woodrow Wilson (Long Beach, Calif.) HS '91
Colleges: Long Beach CC '93, Washington State '96
Coach: Larry Wade
Agent: Daniel Escamilla
Career Highlights: American record holder; 2006 USA Outdoor Champion; 2006 World Indoor bronze medalist; 2-time USA Outdoor runner-up (’05, ’07); 1996 NCAA champion
Following his runner-up finish at the 2007 USA Outdoor Championships in Indianapolis, Arnold’s season came to a sudden end after developing soreness in his Achilles tendon, which kept him from competing at the 2007 World Outdoor Championships in Osaka, Japan. He enjoyed his best year ever in 2006, which was highlighted when he set the American 110m hurdles record on July 11 with his time of 12.90 seconds in Lausanne, Switzerland. His performance bettered the previous standard of 12.92 set by National Track & Field Hall of Famer Roger Kingdom in Zurich on August 16, 1989, and equaled twice in 1996 by Allen Johnson, who won the Olympic gold medal that summer in Atlanta. His performance was the second-fastest in the world in 2006; China’s Liu Xiang set the world record in the same race. Arnold's previous career best was 13.02 seconds from 2005. Arnold’s tremendous 2006 season came to an abrupt end when a chiropractor who was manipulating his back accidentally threw it out of whack leaving him with a muscle strain and no choice but to withdraw from the World Cup in Athens that he had been preparing for. Arnold had a strong year in 2005, highlighted by his runner-up finish at the USA Outdoor Championships in a new personal best time of 13.01 seconds, and his fourth-place finish at the World Outdoor Championships, which confirmed his status as one of the world's best 110m hurdlers. Arnold ran only briefly during the 2003 & 2004 seasons, competing in a total of four major meets… In 2001 he was ranked as high as #7 in the world by T&FN… before Arnold was a relatively unknown journeyman before winning the 2000 Millrose Games, where he beat Allen Johnson and Mark Crear, the 1996 Olympic gold and silver medalists. In just one race, Arnold went from obscurity to a possible contender for the U.S. Olympic Team. In the Olympic Trials final, Arnold whacked the fourth hurdle, stumbled over #5 and stopped at #6, ending his chance for the Olympic Team. Away from the track, Arnold is a serious artist who prefers to draw cartoons and paint what he refers to as 'jungle art,' drawing before each of his races. In high school, he earned two varsity letters in three years as a receiver on the football team...named to all-city team...his only year in track was as a senior he claimed three school records and lettered as a hurdler...serves as volunteer assistant coach at Cal State Northridge.
2007: USA Outdoor runner-up (13.17)…1st at Road to Eugene ’08 (13.26w)…6th at Lausanne (13.26)…7th at Paris (13.31)…7th at Athens (13.34)…ranked #8 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 13.17.
2006: USA Outdoor champion (13.10)…2nd at Lausanne (12.90AR)…3rd at World Indoors (7.52)…USA Indoor runner-up (7.51)…2nd at Paris (13.08)… ranked #5 in world (#3 U.S.) by T&FN…best of 12.90AR.
2005: 2nd at USA Outdoors (13.01PR)…4th at World Outdoor Champs (13.13)...1st at Zurich (13.03)...2nd at Reebok Grand Prix (13.05)…3rd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (13.16)...4th at Paris (13.10)...ranked #3 in world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN…best of 13.01.
2004: 13.31 at Doha on 5/14…8th in heat at Olympic Trials…best of 13.31.
2003: Ran 13.35 in Walnut on 7/13…13.31 at Home Depot Invitational…6th in semis at USA Outdoors…best of 13.35.
2002: Did not compete due to hernia surgery.
2001: 4th at USA Outdoors (13.64)…3rd at Peregrine Systems U.S. Open (13.48)…ranked #10 in world, #7 U.S. by T&FN…best of 13.21 in Berlin.
2000: DNF final at Olympic Trials...won Millrose Games in 7.51... 2nd at USA Indoors (7.57)...2nd at adidas Oregon Track Classic (13.38); 2nd at Pontiac Grand Prix (13.43); won GP events in Brussels and Belgium...ranked #6 in world (#4 U.S.)...best of 13.11 in Leverkusen.
1999: 4th at Pan Am Games...5th at USA Outdoors...ranked 6th in U.S...best of 13.11.
1998: 7th in semis at USA Outdoors...best of 13.54.
1997: Injured, did not compete.
1996: Won NCAA Outdoor title...2nd at PAC-10 Outdoors...best of 13.46.
1995: Best of 14.00.