Tiffany Porter at the 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships
|Birth name||Tiffany Ofili|
|Full name||Tiffany Porter|
13 November 1987 |
Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States
|Residence||Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK|
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
|Sport||Track and field|
|Event(s)||60 metres hurdles
100 metres hurdles
|College team||University of Michigan|
|Coached by||Rana Reider|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||60m hurdles: 7.80 NR (2011)
100m hurdles: 12.55 (2013)
Long jump: 6.48m (2009)
Tiffany Porter (née Ofili; formerly Ofili-Porter) (born 13 November 1987) is a British-American track and field athlete who currently competes for Great Britain. She specialises in the 100 metres hurdles and is 2013 World bronze medallist in the event. She represented the United States as a junior. She failed to achieve USA selection for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and switched allegiance to Britain in 2010.
Tiffany Porter's father Felix is Nigerian and her mother, Lilian, is British. She herself was born in the United States. Porter has held both American and British nationality since her birth. She has therefore been eligible to represent both the United States and Great Britain.
As an American athlete, Porter represented the United States at the inaugural NACAC Championships winning a silver medal. However, at the end of the 2010 season, she changed her allegiance to Great Britain. Commenting on her switch, she said: "I knew I was going to perform no matter what vest I had on. I have always regarded myself as British, American and Nigerian. I'm all three."
On 29 May 2011, at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games, Porter broke Angie Thorp's 15 year old British record of 12.80s in the 100m Hurdles with a run of 12.77s. Thorp said that losing her record had made her "devastated". She stated that if a British-born athlete, for example Jessica Ennis or Sarah Claxton, who at the time both had personal bests of 12.81s, had broken her record she would have been "the first to congratulate", but as Porter had transferred from the United States, she was "absolutely distraught".
Porter lowered her British record on 22 July 2011, with a time of 12.60s at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco, breaking her previous personal best of 12.73s (set when she was still a US athlete). Her record was broken on 3 August 2012 by Jessica Ennis in the London Olympics heptathlon achieving 12.54s. In September 2011 she was nominated for "European Athlete of the Year". In October 800m runner Mariya Savinova was announced as the winner.
UK Athletics head coach, Charles van Commenee gave Porter the responsibility of the team captaincy ahead of the 2012 World Indoor Championships in March; she was subsequently labelled a "Plastic Brit" after refusing (or being unable) to recite the words of the British national anthem in a press conference.
In 2012 Porter was nominated for "European Athlete of the Month" twice. In March she was nominated along with fellow Brits Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Yamile Aldama. She was nominated again in May, this time with Hannah England and eventual winner Jessica Ennis.
At the 2013 Moscow Athletics World Championships, Porter put on a great performance and won a Bronze medal in the 100m Hurdles in a personal best time of 12.55 seconds, just one hundredth of a second off Jessica Ennis' British record of 12.54.
Porter married American hurdler Jeff Porter in May 2011, and began to compete under her married name in July 2011. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy) degree in 2012.
|Representing United States|
|2006||World Junior Championships||Beijing, China||3rd||100 m hurdles||13.37|
|2007||NACAC Championships||San Salvador, El Salvador||2nd||100 m hurdles||13.27|
|Representing Great Britain|
|2011||European Indoor Championships||Paris, France||2nd||60 m hurdles||7.80|
|World Championships||Daegu, South Korea||4th||100 m hurdles||12.63|
|heats||4x100 m relay||43.95|
|2012||World Indoor Championships||Istanbul, Turkey||2nd||60 m hurdles||7.94|
|Olympic Games||London, United Kingdom||semi-final||100 m hurdles||12.79|
|2013||World Championships||Moscow, Russia||3rd||100 m hurdles||12.55|
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