Michael Tinsley

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Michael Tinsley
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Tinsley at the 2012 London Olympics
Personal information
Born (1984-04-21) April 21, 1984 (age 31)[1]
Height 6 ft (1.8 m)[1]
Weight 180 lb (82 kg)[1]
Updated on 15 August 2013.

Michael Tinsley (born April 21, 1984) is an American track and field athlete.

Early life[edit]

Tinsley, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas,[2] was born on April 21, 1984. He attended Little Rock's Joe T. Robinson High School and Jackson State University.[1]


Tinsley achieved a personal best in the 400-meter hurdles in 2007 with a time of 48.02 seconds. He placed third at the 2010 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a time of 48.46 seconds.[1] He won the 400-meter hurdles event at the 2012 US Olympic Trials with a time of 48.33 seconds and earned a spot on the US Olympic team.[3]

Tinsley won his first heat in the 400-meter hurdles at the Olympics in 49.13 seconds. He then won his semifinal in a season best time of 48.13 seconds.[4] On August 6, 2012 Tinsley won silver at the 2012 London Olympics in the 400 meters hurdles, in a new personal best time of 47.91. In 2013, Tinsley followed up his silver medal at the London Olympics with a silver medal at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Michael Tinsley". USA Track & Field. Retrieved July 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Little Rock Native Makes 2012 Olympics U.S. Track Team". Nexstar Broadcasting. July 2, 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-01-17. Retrieved July 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tinsley headed to London after win the 400 hurdles at the US track trials". The Washington Post. Associated Press. July 1, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Michael Tinsley". NBC Olympics. Retrieved August 4, 2012.