Michelle Jenneke, Olympian

Michelle is a 23 year old Australian representative sprint hurdler from Sydney, Australia who was born on the 23rd June 1993.

Her personal best of 12.82 is the current State NSW record and ranks her as the second fastest Australian women's 100m Hurdler of all time.

Michelle started training for hurdles with her coach Mick Zisti when she was ten and has been with him ever since. As well as athletics, Michelle 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 100 metres 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.

She has since gained selection in the Australian Olympic Team to represent Australia at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and she represented Australia at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Portland, Oregon.


Michelle has since been on the road to recovery after suffering a serious knee injury. Most recently she competed in the 2022 NSW State Champs placing 3rd with a time of 13.44s.