David Oliver (athlete)
24 April 1982 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|Sport||Track and Field|
|Event(s)||110 metres hurdles|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||110m Hurdles: 12.89 (0.5 m/s)|
David Oliver (born April 24, 1982), is an American hurdling athlete. As a professional athlete, he competes in the 110m Hurdles event Outdoor and the 60m Hurdles event Indoor. He won the Bronze Medal in the 2008 Olympic Games and won another Bronze at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships.
He was the American record holder in the 110m Hurdles. Oliver is a four-time U.S. Champion, having won Indoor and Outdoor titles in 2008, a second Outdoor title at the 2010 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and third Outdoor title at the 2011 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He also won the Gold Medal at the 2008 IAAF World Athletics Final. He has a personal best of 12.89 seconds in the 110 m hurdles, placing him fourth on the all-time list.
Having been recruited from high school by Howard University's head coach, Michael Merritt, Oliver enjoyed his first successes on the track in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). He won four consecutive outdoor MEAC 110 metres hurdles titles, from 2001–2004. He was also a MEAC indoor champion in the 55 metres hurdles, winning in 2003 in 7.34 seconds.
Oliver received his first All American honors with a fourth place finish at the 2003 NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship, running a personal record 13.60 seconds in the process. This made him Howard University's first two-time NCAA Division 1-A All-America selection in any sport. This was also Howard's first track and field All-America since Calvin Branch received the honor in 1989. The following year he received a second All American honor, having taken fifth place at the NCAA Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship with a University record of 7.69 seconds in the 60 metres hurdles. Later that season, he recorded an Outdoor Howard University record of 13.55 seconds for the 110 m hurdles at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta. During his time at college, he also played wide receiver for the Howard Bison football team.
After leaving college, he pursued Track and Field professionally. In 2006 he won at the Internationales Stadionfest IAAF Golden League meet in Berlin and finished fifth at that year's World Athletics Final. At the 2008 Penn Relays, Oliver completed the fastest 4×120 yd Shuttle Hurdle Relays of all-time with team-mates Aubrey Herring, Joel Brown, Aries Merritt, finishing the rarely contested event in a record time of 53.31 seconds. In 2007 he was second at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships after winning at the Tyson Invitational. Outdoors, he improved his personal best to 13.14 seconds, finishing runner-up at the Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix, and was third at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. This meant he qualified for the 2007 World Championships in Athletics and he almost reached the final, being knocked out of the semi-finals after finishing fourth in his race.
In 2008 Oliver won his first national title in the 60 m hurdles. At the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships, he was knocked out in the semi-finals stage. Later in the year he ran a personal best of 12.95 seconds at the Qatar Grand Prix. He ran a wind-assisted 12.89 seconds in the semi-finals of the United States Olympic Trials and went on to beat Olympic and World Silver Medalist Terrence Trammell in the final with another windy run of 12.95 seconds. Oliver went on to claim the Bronze Medal in the 110 m hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, finishing behind Dayron Robles who set an Olympic record and compatriot David Payne. He closed the year with victories at the ISTAF meet in Berlin and at the 2008 IAAF World Athletics Final. He was the second fastest 110 m hurdler of 2008. The 2009 season started promisingly for Oliver, as he recorded 13.09 seconds for his third win in Qatar, but a calf strain resulted in him missing the US Outdoor Championships, and thus the opportunity to qualify for the 2009 World Championships in Athletics.
Oliver started the 2010 Outdoor season with four straight wins over other competitors, among them victories at the Ponce Grand Prix, and the Colorful Daegu Pre-Championships Meeting over Dayron Robles. He scored his first IAAF Diamond League win at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix in May, beating home favorite Liu Xiang with a meeting record of 12.99 seconds. The following month he set a new personal best of 12.93 seconds to win his second national title at the USA Championships. Oliver improved on his personal best in the 110 m Hurdles on July 3, 2010, with a time of 12.90 seconds, equalling the area and national record held by Dominique Arnold. On July 16, 2010, Oliver ran 12.89 for the 110 m Hurdles, the fourth fastest time ever. Only World Record holder Aries Merritt and former record holders Dayron Robles and Liu Xiang have run faster. Additionally, he moved up to number six on the all-time lists in the 60 m Hurdles with a win at the Sparkassen Cup, where his personal best of 7.37 seconds also brought him his first ever indoor victory over Dayron Robles.
Personal life 
Although Oliver missed a place on the 2012 Olympic team he has rededicated himself to his sport and is focused on the 2016 Rio Games. He credits his faith in God, the encouragement of his family, and the support of his fans, from all around the world, as motivators to overcome any obstacle that may stand in the way of his re-newed Olympic dream. Although his mother, Brenda Chambers, also competed in Track and Field in the 400m Hurdles event, and had a spot on the 1980 US Olympic team for the Moscow games (but could not compete due to the American boycott of those games), Oliver feels that his being an Elite Athlete is not his birthright. Because of this he has committed himself and his God-given abilities to rigorous training and intense workouts to master his technique, and to push foward with faster times.
He graduated from Denver East High School in Colorado, in 2000 and from Howard University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. He currently lives in Orlando, Florida and trains with Coach Brooks Johnson. He hosts an annual D.O. Speed and Agility Camp that teach children proper form and techniques to help them become faster and more flexible for Track and Field and for any other sport. He supports Arsenal Footbal Club, an English Soccer team.
Personal bests 
|110 m hurdles||12.89||0.5 m/s||July 16, 2010||Paris|
|60 m hurdles (indoor)||7.37||N/A||February 5, 2011||Stuttgart|
Key: AR = Area record, NR = National record
Competition record 
|2006||IAAF World Athletics Final||Stuttgart, Germany||5th||110 m hurdles|
|2007||World Championships||Osaka, Japan||4th (semis)||110 m hurdles|
|2008||World Indoor Championships||Valencia, Spain||4th (semis)||60 m hurdles|
|Olympic Games||Beijing, China||3rd||110 m hurdles|
|IAAF World Athletics Final||Stuttgart, Germany||1st||110 m hurdles|
|2010||World Indoor Championships||Doha, Qatar||3rd||60 m hurdles|
|2010||2010 Diamond League||Zurich, Switzerland||1st||110 m hurdles|
- National Outdoor championships – Winner: 2008, 2010, 2011.
- National Indoor championships – Winner: 2008. Runner-up: 2010.
- David Oliver Biography. USATF. Retrieved on 2010-06-29.
- Lee, Kirby (2008-04-26). Relay records continue to tumble – Penn Relays Day 2. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-29.
- Butcher, Pat (2008-05-09). Oliver, Felix dazzle in Doha – IAAF World Athletics Tour. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-29.
- "Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games: Men's 110m Hurdles". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
- Clavelo Robinson, Javier (2010-05-09). Culson clocks world leading 47.72 in Ponce. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-29.
- Jalava, Mirko (2010-05-19). 9.86 World lead for Bolt – Oliver over Robles – Jeter over VCB – Daegu World Challenge meet report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-29.
- Bolt cruises 19.76, seven world leads on chilly night in Shanghai – IAAF Diamond League. IAAF Diamond League (2010-05-23). Retrieved on 2010-06-29.
- Morse, Parker (2010-06-28). Oliver flies 12.93, Suhr soars 4.89m as US champs conclude. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-29.
- Gene Cherry (2010-07-03). "American Oliver matches fourth fastest Hurdles time". Reuters. Retrieved 2010-07-03.
- "Bolt sees off Powell, Oliver sizzles in hurdles". AFP. 2010-07-16. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
- Gordon, Ed (2011-02-06). Oliver, Alamirew post scintillating marks in Stuttgart. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-06.
- Official website
- IAAF profile for David Oliver
- Oliver's biography at USA Track & Field
- Stuttgart 2006 was David Oliver’s ‘step forward’ – article from IAAF
- David Oliver on Twitter