Michelle Jenneke

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Michelle Jenneke
Michelle Jenneke.jpg
Michelle Jenneke after finishing 100-metre hurdles in Barcelona, 2012
Personal information
Full nameMichelle Jenneke
Nickname(s)Shelly
NationalityAustralian
Born (1993-06-23) 23 June 1993 (age 28)
Kenthurst, New South Wales
Height5 ft 7.75 in (1.72 m)
Sport
CountryAustralia Australia
SportAthletics
Event(s)100 metres hurdles
Sprint medley relay
ClubSydney University Athletics Club
TeamAthletics Australia
Achievements and titles
World finals
National finals
Olympic finals
Personal best(s)100 m hurdles 13.39 (−1.4 m/s) (Mannheim 2012)

Michelle "Shelly" Jenneke (/məˈʃɛl ˈɛnəkə/; born on June 23, 1993) is an Australian hurdler and model, who won a silver medal for the 100 meters hurdles at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics. She became well known in 2012 for her dancing before a race.

Background[change | change source]

Jenneke was born in Kenthurst, New South Wales, Australia.[1] She went to The Hills Grammar School. She likes Australian rules football, soccer and handball.[2]

She is learning engineering at Sydney University.[3]

Athletics[change | change source]

Jenneke has worked with coach Mick Zisti since she was 10 years old at the Cherrybrook Athletics Club.[1][4] She ran at the 2008 Pacific School Games in the 90 and 200 meters hurdles.[4][5]

In March 2010, Jenneke won 1st place in the 100 m hurdles and broke the Australian record in the women's sprint medley relay at the 2010 Australian Junior Championships.[6] She ran in the 2011 Pirtek Athletic Allstars event.[7]Template:Citation broken In July 2010, Jenneke was in Australia's team at the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games, running the 100 meter hurdles and the women's medley relay. In the hurdles, she came in second place with a time of 13.56 seconds, which the fastest she had ever run, and the medley relay team finished in fourth place.[8][9][10][11][12][13] Her medal was the first Australia won at the Games in her sport.[14]

In 2011, she ran at the Cooks Classic in New Zealand.[15] At the 2011 Australian Junior Championships, she won first place in hurdles for runners under 20 years old.[15] In April 2011 she ran at the 89th Australian Athletics Championships and came in third place in the 100 meter hurdles behind the world champion Sally Pearson.[16]

On July 15, 2012, Jenneke came in fifth place in the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships 100 meter hurdles.[17] After the race, a video of her running was put on a video website, and she became well known around the world.[18][19]

Jenneke was on Australia's 2014 Commonwealth Games team.[20]

In those 2014 Commonwealth Games she set a new personal best time in a race, running it in 13.33 seconds and was 5th place in the final race with a time of 13.36 seconds. Jenneke was the youngest runner in the final race.

Career highlights[change | change source]

Media coverage[change | change source]

In July 2012 videos of Jenneke dancing before a race at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics in Barcelona went viral on YouTube.[22] One clip received 19 million views by the following week and was featured on the American late night talk show, The Tonight Show.[23]

Jenneke was in a short funny video made by the website The Chive called Forever Alone Meets Michelle Jenneke, being herself talking about her viral race video.[24] The Forever Alone video had received over ten million views on YouTube by 2014.[25]

In January 2013 Jenneke was tenth on AskMen.com's 99 Most Desirable Women 2013.[26] She was one of the athletes featured in the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.[27][28]

In 2014 Jenneke was featured in a mobile phone application on stretching techniques called Stretch with Michelle Jenneke.[29][30]

Athletic achievements[change | change source]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Australia
2010 Oceania Youth Championships Sydney 3rd 100 m 12.15 s (wind: +0.5 m/s)
Oceania Youth Championships Sydney 1st 100 m hurdles 14.12 s (wind: -1.4 m/s)
Oceania Youth Championships Sydney 1st 4 × 100 m relay 45.75 s

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Pranesh Nageshwar (August 23, 2010), "Hills' Michelle Jennecke delighted at silver medal win", Hills Shire Times
  2. Nick Smart (July 20, 2012), "Aussie Michelle Jenneke the world's favourite new hurdler", The Daily Telegraph
  3. News Corp Australia Network (12 February 2013). "Aussie hurdler Michelle Jenneke among athletes featured in Sports Illustrated". Herald Sun.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Nageshwar, Pranesh (November 25, 2008). "Three racing for glory". Hills Shire Times. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  5. Nageshwar, Pranesh. "Cherrybrook athletes shine". Hills Shire Times. Retrieved July 27, 2012.
  6. "Michelle Jenneke Youth Olympics profile". 2010 Youth Olympics. July 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  7. Nageshwar, Pransh (September 7, 2010). "Sprinter aims for Games". Hills Shire Times. Sydney, Australia. p. 110. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
  8. "Shelly's super silver". Athletics Australia. August 21, 2010. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
  9. "Dominican athletes win medals in Singapore". Dominican Today. Archived from the original on March 25, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  10. "Aussie youths continue medal run". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). August 22, 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  11. "Skeen strikes – Lands historic 100m gold at Youth Olympics". Jamaica Observer. August 22, 2010. Archived from the original on 25 March 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  12. "www.smh.com.au – Parnov named in Youth Olympic team". The Sydney Morning Herald. March 31, 2010. Retrieved July 27, 2012.
  13. Casey, Michael (August 21, 2010). "IOC: Many countries interested in youth games". USA Today. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  14. "Jenneke wrests silver medal". Hills Shire Times. Sydney, Australia. 24 August 2010. p. 82. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Alan Adamson (March 15, 2011). "Langton-Burnell one to watch at school's champs". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved July 27, 2012.
  16. "Full Results, 89th Australian Athletics Championships 15/04/2011 to 17/04/2011], Melbourne".
  17. "IAAF 2012 World Championship Results" (PDF). IAAF. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-08-27. Retrieved 2014-08-02.
  18. Australian Runner Has the World's Sexiest Pre-Race Routine [VIDEO] – Yahoo! News
  19. Jauregui, Andres (July 19, 2012). "WATCH: Athlete's Sexy Warm Up". Huffington Post.
  20. Pearson, Matt (June 13, 2014). "10 per cent of Australia's Commmonwealth Games Squad Have Sydney Uni Connections". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney).
  21. <https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/commonwealth-games/2014/results/sports/athletics/womens-100m-hurdles Archived 2014-10-25 at the Wayback Machine>
  22. Roberts, Christine (July 20, 2012). "Hurdler's hot warmup dance wins her heat". Daily News. New York.
  23. Kelly, Heath (July 26, 2012). "Aussie hurdler Michelle Jenneke becomes worldwide sensation with pre-race dance routine". Herald Sun.
  24. Agomuoh, Fionna (December 14, 2012). "Michelle Jenneke stars in new video doing sexy warm up dance". International Business Times. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  25. "Forever Alone meets Michelle Jenneke". YouTube. December 13, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  26. "AskMen.com Top 99 Women of 2013 No. 10 Michelle Jenneke". San Francisco, California: Askmen.com. January 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
  27. Beattie, John (February 12, 2013). "Michelle Jenneke Appears in 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue". NESN. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
  28. Dicker, Ron (February 13, 2013). "Michelle Jenneke Sports Illustrated video: Australian hurdler jumps into swimsuit modeling". Huffington Post.
  29. O'Donnell, Jake (June 10, 2014). "French Rubgy Fan Flashes Us, Michelle Jenneke's Stretching App, Someone Hit 9 RBI, and Paul George Dissing LeBron". Sports Grid. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  30. "Stretch". Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 6, 2014.

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