Levern Spencer

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Levern Spencer
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Spencer in 2009
Medal record
Women's athletics
Competitor for  Saint Lucia
CAC Championships
Gold 2001 Guatemala City High jump
Gold 2005 Nassau High jump
Gold 2008 Cali High jump
Gold 2009 Havana High jump
Gold 2011 Mayagüez High jump
Gold 2013 Morelia High jump
CAC Games
Bronze 2006 Cartagena High jump
Gold 2010 Mayagüez High jump
Pan American Games
Bronze 2007 Rio de Janeiro High jump
Continental Cup
Bronze 2010 Split High jump
Commonwealth Games
Bronze 2010 Delhi High jump
CAC Junior Championships (U20)
Gold 2002 Bridgetown High jump
CARIFTA Games
Junior (U20)
Gold 2001 Bridgetown High jump
Silver 2003 Port of Spain High jump
Silver 2002 Nassau High jump
CARIFTA Games
Youth (U17)
Bronze 2000 St. George's High jump

Levern Donaline Spencer (born 23 June 1984) is a Saint Lucian high jumper. Spencer was born in Cacao Babonneau, Castries.

Biography[edit]

Spencer was an All-American high jumper for the University of Georgia and 2008 Olympian for St Lucia, set a new facility record at the Georgia Invitational in Athens, Georgia on Saturday 8 May 2010, clearing 1.98m to cruise to a victory with what was at the time the second-best jump in the world for the 2010 season.[1] This is the current St Lucia National Record and the record for the Caribbean Community.

Her previous best jump was 1.95 metres, a height she achieved with a second-place finish at the ‘Gran Premio Gobierno de Aragón’ held on Saturday 18 July 2009 in Zaragoza, Spain and prior to that a height of 1.94 metres was first achieved in July 2005 at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Nassau and again at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Osaka in 2007.

Levern attended Entrepot Secondary School in St Lucia, then moved on to Albany State College and the University of Georgia, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Health Promotion and Behavior, having first embarked upon a course of study in computer Science. She was one of three athletics qualifiers for the 2008 Olympics, along with Dominic Johnson and Erma Gene Evans.

In fact, Levern enjoyed a superb 2008 season, setting a new personal best and national record of 1.90m indoors at the Clemson Meeting in South Carolina before embarking on a series of victorious performances, winning in Blacksburg, twice in Athens (Georgia), Iowa and then twice in Central America, in Port-of-Spain in mid-May with a jump of 1.92m and then in Cali when winning the 2008 Central American and Caribbean Championships with a jump of 1.91m.

Levern is a former CARIFTA champion, CAC Junior champion and NACAC (North, Central American and Caribbean Championships) champion. She holds the CARIFTA record of 1.88m and the NACAC Under-23 record of 1.92m for women's High Jump. She has also competed in the Commonwealth Games, placing third in the 2010 edition with a height of 1.88m, and made her Summer Olympics debut in Athens at Beijing 2008.

In 2009, Levern signed her first professional contract with Stellar Group, becoming the first high jumper on their roster. She repeated as Central American and Caribbean champion in Havana, Cuba and signed an endorsement deal with Caribbean telecommunications provider, LIME – Landline, Internet, Mobile and Entertainment. She is featured on the cover of the 2010 LIME Services Directory, over 75,000 copies of which were distributed this year.

After taking the gold medal at the 2009 Central American and Caribbean Championships in Athletics, Spencer was the sole St Lucian to qualify for the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, but she failed to make the final. She also narrowly missed out on making the cut for the season-ending 2009 IAAF World Athletics Final, finishing ninth in the world for women's High Jump.

In 2010, with a best result of 1.98m, Levern was the leading women's high jumper in the British Commonwealth. At the Games in India, however, she needed two attempts to clear 1.88m, and she eventually recorded St Lucia's best-ever individual finish at Commonwealth Games athletics, joining Dominic Johnson, who took bronze in men's Pole Vault in 2002 in Manchester. In 2010, Levern recorded six of the top ten best jumps of her career. She scored a victory at the 2010 CAC Games with a jump of 1.94 m and also had success on the European circuit, scoring five straight victories in Finland to scoop the 2010 Finnish Elite Games jackpot.[2]

Levern is from the community of Babonneau in St Lucia, and has won multiple Sportswoman of the Year awards in her home nation.

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Saint Lucia
2000 CARIFTA Games (U-17) St. George's, Grenada 3rd 1.73m
2001 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Bridgetown, Barbados 1st 1.79m
World Youth Championships Debrecen, Hungary 3rd 1.81m
Central American and Caribbean Championships Guatemala City, Guatemala 1st 1.80m
2002 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Nassau, Bahamas, Bahamas 2nd 1.82m
Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships Bridgetown, Barbados 1st 1.81m
World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 8th 1.83m
2003 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 2nd 1.86m CR
Pan American Junior Athletics Championships Bridgetown, Barbados 2nd 1.83m
Pan American Games Santo Domingo, Dom. Republic 5th 1.83m
2004 NACAC Under-23 Championships Sherbrooke, Canada 2nd 1.85m
2005 Central American and Caribbean Championships Nassau, Bahamas 1st 1.94m
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 22nd (q) 1.84m
2006 NACAC Under-23 Championships Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 1st 1.81m
Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 5th 1.83m
Central American and Caribbean Games Cartagena, Colombia 3rd 1.88m
2007 NACAC Championships San Salvador, El Salvador 1st 1.89m
Pan American Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 3rd 1.87m
World Championships Osaka, Japan 15th (f) 1.90m
2008 Central American and Caribbean Championships Cali, Colombia 1st 1.91m
Olympic Games Beijing, PR China 27th (q) 1.85m
2009 Central American and Caribbean Championships Havana, Cuba 1st 1.91m
World Championships Berlin, Germany 24th (q) 1.89m
2010 Central American and Caribbean Games Mayaguez, Puerto Rico 1st 1.94m
Continental Cup Split, Croatia 3rd 1.88m
Commonwealth Games Delhi, India 3rd 1.88m
2011 Central American and Caribbean Championships Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 1st 1.82m
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 13th (q) 1.92m
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 15th (q) 1.88m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 19th (q) 1.90m
2013 Central American and Caribbean Championships Morelia, Mexico 1st 1.92m
World Championships Moscow, Russia 11th 1.89m
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 7th 1.94 m

Outdoor Progression[edit]

Year Height Location Date
2010 1.98m United States Athens, Georgia, United States 8 May 2010
2009 1.95m Spain Zaragoza, Spain 18 July 2009
2008 1.93m United States Athens, Georgia, United States 19 April 2008
2007 1.94m Japan Osaka, Japan 31 August 2007
2006 1.90m United States Walnut, California, United States 15 April 2006
2005 1.94m The Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas 10 July 2005
2004 1.88m Grenada St George's, Grenada 29 May 2004
2003 1.86m Trinidad and Tobago Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago 21 April 2003
2003 1.86m Grenada St George's, Grenada 28 March 2003
2002 1.83m Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica 20 July 2002
2001 1.84m Grenada St.George's, Grenada 27 June 2001
2000 1.73m Grenada St George's, Grenada 23 April 2000

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Levern Leaps To World #2". www.terryfinisterre.blogspot.com. 9 May 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Sonninen, A-P (2010-08-22). Spencer takes the Finnish Elite Games jackpot in Joensuu. IAAF. Retrieved on 24 August 2010.

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