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Michelle Jenneke, Olympian 100m Hurdler

About Michelle Jenneke

Michelle started training for hurdles with her coach when she was ten, which is where she fell in love with the sport. As well as athletics, she enjoyed many physical activities and sports as she was growing up. She took dance lessons for about 10 years and played soccer with the boys for twelve years. At school she played representative level European Handball, Futsal Soccer, outdoor soccer and Touch Football.

Michelle became an internet sensation, as the “Dancing Hurdler”, after footage of her pre-race warm-up dancing was captured at a 100m hurdles heat at the 2012 Junior World Championships in Barcelona and went viral. Currently one version of the video has amassed more than 27 million views on YouTube. The footage has been broadcast on media outlets worldwide.

Michelle went on to gain selection in the Australian Olympic Team to represent Australia at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and also representing Australia at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Portland, Oregon, earlier that year.

A career highlight was competing in front of her home crowd at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, narrowly missing out on a medal in the 100m hurdles final. Although the past couple of years have been tough with injury, her goals for 2022 are to make a comeback and compete at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

As well as being an elite athlete, Michelle has graduated from the University Of Sydney with a Bachelor of Mechatronic Engineering.