David Verburg
David Verburg Rio 2016.jpg
Verburg at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Nickname(s)Davy Crocket, Sanka
Born (1991-05-14) May 14, 1991 (age 31)
Gainesville, Florida, U.S.
EducationE. C. Glass High School
Alma materGeorge Mason University
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Weight154 lb (70 kg)
Country United States
SportAthletics (track and field)
Event(s)400 meters, 800 meters
College teamGeorge Mason University
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)400m - 44.41 (2015)[1]
800m - 1:50.70 (2017)

David Verburg (born May 14, 1991) is an American track and field athlete who specializes in the 400 meters. He holds gold medals in the 4 × 400 m relay from the 2016 Olympics; the 2013 and 2015 World Championships; and the 2014 Indoor World Championships.


David Verburg was born on May 14, 1991 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He attended high school at E. C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Virginia, graduating in 2009.[2] He attended George Mason University, earning his degree in Sports Management in 2013.[2]


High School & College career

Verburg holds the 400m dash record at his high school, E.C. Glass. with a time of 47.15 seconds. He ran track in college for the George Mason Patriots where he was a four-time outdoor and seven-time indoor All-American.[3]

International career

In 2010, Verburg gained his first International experience at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada, winning Gold in the 4×400 meter relay.[4][5]

Verburg was a double gold medalist in the 400 meter dash and 4×400 meter relay at the 2012 NACAC Under-23 Championships in Athletics in Irapuato, Mexico.[6][7]

At the 2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Verburg finished sixth in the 400 meter dash.[8] The top six finishers were eligible to run in the 4×400 relay at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics and as such Verburg was selected to the U.S. team for the World Championships.[9]

In the same year, Verburg ran in both the heats and the finals of the 4×400 meter relay at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Russia. His team won a gold medal and set a world leading time of 2:58.71.[10][11][12][1]

At the 2015 World Championships, Verburg ran in the finals of the 4×400 meter relay, winning gold and again setting a world-leading time of 2:57.82.[13][1]

Animal rights

Near the end of October 2018, Verburg ran into traffic at an intersection in Clermont, Florida to rescue a turtle that wandered into traffic. Becoming a viral video on social media, Verburg was a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. In 2019, Verburg would launch the Golden Tortoise Rescue Foundation in his home state of Florida. Due to his views on animal rights, Verburg also has a vegan diet.


  1. ^ a b c "Athlete Profile: David Verburg". IAAF. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  2. ^ a b "Track & Field: David Verburg Profile". USATF. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  3. ^ "David Verburg Bio". GoMason.com - The Official Athletic Site Of George Mason University. Retrieved 2016-08-23.
  4. ^ "Results - 4x400 Metres Relay Men, 13th IAAF World Junior Championships, Moncton Stadium, Canada (19 July 2010 - 25 July 2010". IAAF. Retrieved 2016-08-23.
  5. ^ "Track & Field: David Verburg - Biography". NBCOlympics.com. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  6. ^ "USA Track & Field - FINAL MEDAL TABLE – NACAC U-23 Championships". USATF. 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2016-08-23. Gold Medals ... David Verburg, men’s 400m, 45.14.
  7. ^ "Resultados: Campeonato Norte Centroamerica y Del Caribe - 06/07/2012 to 08/07/2012 ATLETISMO NACAC SUB23 IRAPUATO, GTO (North Central America & the Caribbean Championship)" (PDF). panelcontenido.fmaa.mx (in Spanish). Retrieved 2016-08-23.
  8. ^ "Full Results: 2013 USA Track & Field Championships - 6/19/2013 to 6/23/2013 (Drake Stadium - Des Moines, Iowa)". USATF. Retrieved 2016-08-23.
  9. ^ "Team USA Named for World Championships in Moscow". USA Track & Field (USATF). July 29, 2013. Retrieved 2016-08-23.
  10. ^ "World Athletics 2013: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce secures sprint double". BBC Sport. August 16, 2013. Retrieved 2016-08-23.
  11. ^ Peterson, Christian (2013-08-16). "David Verburg of the United States celebrates after winning gold in the Men's 4x400 metres final during Day Seven of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium at Luzhniki Stadium on August 16, 2013 in Moscow, Russi". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  12. ^ "World Athletics 2013: Day-by-day guide to Moscow championships". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2018-04-01. Day 7 - Friday, 16 August: The United States team of David Verburg, Tony McQuay, Arman Hall and LaShawn Merritt win the men's 4x400m ahead of Jamaica and Russia.
  13. ^ Clarey, Christopher (August 30, 2015). "4x400 Relay Offers Bright Moment, but U.S. No Longer Dazzles". New York Times. Retrieved 2018-04-01.