Novlene Williams-Mills

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Novlene Williams-Mills
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Personal information
Birth name Novlene Hilaire Williams
Nationality  Jamaica
Born (1982-04-26) 26 April 1982 (age 32)
Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 121 lb (55 kg)
Sport
Sport Track and field
Event(s) 400 metres
College team University of Florida

Novlene Hilaire Williams-Mills (born 26 April 1982), née Novlene Hilaire Williams, is a track and field athlete who competes internationally for Jamaica. She won the bronze medal medal in the 400 metres at the 2007 World Championships. She is also a three-time Olympic bronze medallist in the 4x400 metres relay. There was a possibility that Jamaica could be promoted to the silver medal at the 2004 Games due to Crystal Cox's disqualification for doping. However, in 2013, the IOC announced that the rest of the American squad would be allowed to retain their gold medals.[1]

At the 2005 World Championships in Athletics she won (together with Shericka Williams, Ronetta Smith and Lorraine Fenton) a silver medal. At the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, she received a bronze medal for her third-place finish in the 400 metres.

Williams attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where she was a member of coach Tom Jones' Florida Gators track and field team. She graduated from the university with a bachelor's degree in 2004.

Novlene was born in Saint Ann, Jamaica. She is a graduate of Ferncourt High School, located in Claremont, St. Ann Parish, Jamaica.

2012 Olympics[edit]

Williams-Mills won a bronze medal in the 4 X 400 meter relay. She also placed 5th in the individual 400 m event.

Cancer Diagnosis[edit]

In July 2013, Williams-Mills told members of the media that she was diagnosed with breast cancer before the 2012 Olympics. Very few people at the time knew about the diagnosis. Despite the diagnosis, she still ran the race and was able to help Jamaica win a bronze medal. After the Olympics, Williams-Mills had a mastectomy and in January 2013 had another operation. She currently is still an active runner and says that in her next race in Moscow she will run, "for all the breast cancer survivors out there."

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