Montaño at the 2010 World Indoor Championships in Athletics.
April 23, 1986 |
Queens, New York
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Achievements and titles|
Alysia Montaño (née Johnson) (born April 23, 1986) is an American middle distance runner. She is a five-time USA Outdoor champion 2007 (1:59.47), 2010 (1:59.87), 2011 1:58.33); 2012 (1:59.08); 2013 (1:58.67). She has represented the United States at numerous international championships including the 2012 Olympics. She distinguishes herself by wearing a flower in her hair while running, a personal affectation she adopted to assert her femininity while training with men.
“My life philosophy has been to be bold and courageous"—Alysia Montaño
On the international level she has exhibited a bold, front running style, challenging other runners to keep up with her.
As Alysia Johnson, she had a spectacular career at Canyon High School in Santa Clarita, California, culminating in winning the 800 meters at the CIF California State Meet in 2004. That year she was ranked #10 in the nation and finished fourth at the Golden West Invitational, a meet that proclaims itself to be a National championship of High School Track and Field.
At the University of California, Berkeley she continued to improve. By 2006 she finished 3rd at the NCAA Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships, setting personal bests three times during the competition. 2007 put her on the national stage, winning the NCAA Indoor Championship, the Outdoor Championship and breaking the 2 minute barrier.
At the 2007 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Montaño won her first national title in the 800 m with a time of 1:59.47. At the 2007 World Athletics Championships, Montaño was eliminated in the heats of the 800 m by finishing 4th with a time of 2:02.11.
At the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, Montaño won her first international medal, a bronze, in the 800 m, finishing with a personal best time of 1:59.60. At the 2011 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Montaño won the 800 m title in a time of 1:58.33 to defend her 2010 crown. She placed fourth at that year's World Championships in Daegu with her second fastest time of 1:57.48 minutes.
Major Competition record
|Representing United States|
|2006||NACAC U23 Championships||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic||1st||800 m||2:03.87|
|2007||Pan American Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||6th||800 m||2:02.57|
|World Championships||Osaka, Japan||29th (h)||800 m||2:02.11|
|2010||World Indoor Championships||Doha, Qatar||3rd||800 m||1:59.60|
|2011||World Championships||Daegu, South Korea||4th||800 m||1:57.48|
|2012||Olympic Games||London, United Kingdom||5th||800 m||1:57.93|
|2013||World Championships||Moscow, Russia||4th||800 m||1:57.95|
- As of June 2, 2013.
|400 m (outdoor)||52.09||Nuoro||July 14, 2010|
|600 m (indoor)||1:23.59 AR||New York||February 16, 2013|
|800 m (outdoor)||1:57.34||Monaco||July 22, 2010|
|800 m (indoor)||1:59.60||Doha||March 14, 2010|
Alysia garnered attention in June 2014 by competing in the USATF's USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships while eight months pregnant. She finished last in a field of 29 in the 800 meters preliminaries in 2:32.13.
- "2007 World Athletics Championships: Women's 800 metres (heats)". IAAF. Retrieved 2010-07-18.
- "2010 World Indoor Championships: Women's 800 metres (final)" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 2010-07-18.
- Gains, Paul (2012-06-02). Dibaba 30:24.39 and Kiprop 27:01.98 on stunning but wet first night in Eugene – Samsung Diamond League. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-06-03.
- USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
- Official website
- Alysia Montaño profile at IAAF
- USATF profile
- Cal athlete bio: Alysia Montaño
- Facebook fan page
- Interview with Alysia Montano
- Alysia Montaño on Twitter