Melaine Walker

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Melaine Walker
Melaine Walker Berlin 2009 cropped.jpg
Personal information
Born (1983-01-01) January 1, 1983 (age 31)
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight 53 kg (117 lb)
Sport
Country  Jamaica
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 400m Hurdles

Melaine Walker O.D (born 1 January 1983, Kingston) is a Jamaican 400 metres hurdler. Walker is the former Olympic 400 m hurdles champion.[1] She holds the Olympic record of 52.64, set at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and her time of 52.42 seconds at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin is the second fastest time in history.[1]

Biography[edit]

Walker is a past student of the St. Jago High School. She won Gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in a new Olympic record time of 52.64 seconds. Walker won the Jamaica national championships in 54.70 seconds, narrowly beating new-comer Kaliese Spencer and qualifying for her first World Championships in Athletics.[2]

On 20 August 2009, she set the second fastest time in history of 52.42 seconds to win the women's 400m hurdles final at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.[3] She leapt on the back of the mascot Berlino the Bear to do a victory lap but Berlino crashed into a cart of hurdles and dropped her.[4]

Achievements[edit]

Year Tournament Venue Result Event
1998 World Junior Championships Annecy, France 5th 200 m
3rd 4x100 m relay
1999 World Youth Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 2nd 200 m
6th 100 m hurdles
2000 World Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 3rd 400 m hurdles
2nd 4x400 m relay
2002 World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 2nd 400 m hurdles
2006 Central American and Caribbean Games Cartagena, Colombia 3rd 400 m hurdles
2nd 4x400 m relay
2007 World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 3rd 400 m hurdles
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 1st 400 m hurdles
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 1st 400 m hurdles
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 1st 400 m hurdles
IAAF World Athletics Final Thesaloniki, Greece 1st 400 m hurdles

Personal bests[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lewis, Richard (2009-08-20) "For Walker, World record assault next item on the agenda?". IAAF. Retrieved 2009-08-21.
  2. ^ Foster, Anthony (2009-06-28). Bolt 9.86 and Fraser 10.88; Walker and Phillips excel over hurdles – JAM Champs , Day 2. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-06-28.
  3. ^ "Walker storms to 400m hurdle gold". BBC Sport. 2009-08-20. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  4. ^ Emily Benammar, "World Athletics: Berlino the Bear drops Olympic champion Melanie Walker", The Daily Telegraph, 21 Aug 2009