Monique Henderson

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Olympic medal record
Women's athletics
Competitor for the  United States
Gold 2004 Athens 4x400 meter relay
Gold 2008 Beijing 4x400 meter relay

Monique Henderson (born February 18, 1983 in San Diego, California) is a track and field athlete, competing internationally for the United States. Henderson was a gold medalist in both the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China as a member of the U.S 4x400 m relay squad.[1]

Henderson prepped at Morse High School in San Diego '01. She is the only 4-time 400 meters California State Champion in the state's history from 98–01.[2] At age 17, she set a US junior class, as well as high school national record (since broken), at 50.74 in the 400 m at the CIF California State Meet. In 2000, she became the first high school athlete to make the US Olympic track & field team since 1976. She was a member of the 4x400 m squad but did not run. That year she was named the national Girl's "High School Athlete of the Year" by Track and Field News.[3]

After graduating from high school in 2001 she accepted a scholarship to attend UCLA. While at UCLA she went on to be a 5-time Pac-10 champion. In 2004 she placed 2nd at the NCAA championships at 400 m. The next year she became the 2005 NCAA outdoor champion at 400 m, establishing a new NCAA record (50.10).

Since 2010 the U.S Gold medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004 has been in doubt when Crystal Cox, who ran for the team in a preliminary round, admitted to using doping.,[4] however as of 2012 the original result still stands.

Monique now runs a fitness business, Monique Henderson's Boot Camp. She provides private coaching and training to individuals and athletes. She also works as the Olympic analyst for San Diego NBC.[5]

Honor[edit]

Monique Henderson was nominated and inducted into the San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame in 2009 hosted by Women's Museum of California, Commission on the Status of Women, University of California, San Diego Women's Center, and San Diego State University Women's Studies.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Monique Henderson. Sports Reference (1983-02-18). Retrieved on 2011-09-03.
  2. ^ "California State Meet Results - 1915 to present". Hank Lawson. Retrieved 2012-12-25. 
  3. ^ Track and Field News High School AOY. (PDF) . Retrieved on 2011-09-03.
  4. ^ Jamaica Observer (16 March 2010). "Jamaica gains Athens Olympics women's 4x400m silver". The Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  5. ^ [1]

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