Alonso Edward begins his first year on the University of Alabama track and field coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach.
An international standout on the track, the Panamanian record holder in the 100 and 200 meters recently competed in the 2011 IAAF World Championships after earning a silver medal in the 200 meters at the competition in 2009. That silver medal made him the youngest ever World Championship medalist in the event.
In 2010, Edward competed in the Central American Games in Panama where he won the 100 meter gold medal but suffered a hamstring injury in the 200 meters which caused Edward to miss competition for the remainder of the year.
As an athlete at Barton Community College, Edward broke numerous records. At the Texas Invitational meet in May 2009, Edward ran 9.97 seconds to break the 10-second barrier. Later that month, he broke another national records by running 20.34 in the 200 meters at a meet in Hutchinson, Kansas.
In world competition, Edward was ranked as the fourth fastest in the world coming into the 2009 World Championships. He set a South American record of 19.81 seconds in 200 meters at the World Championships. Edward started the season with a then best of 20.62 seconds and his time of 19.81 broke Usian Bolt's previous record for the fastest time by a 19-year-old.