Aisha Praught at the 2016 Olympics
|Born||14 December 1989|
|Height||1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||50 kg (110 lb)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|Event(s)||3000 m steeplechase|
|Updated on 9 August 2019.|
Aisha Praught-Leer (born 14 December 1989 in Moline, Illinois) is a female middle-distance runner from Illinois competing for Jamaica. She attended Woodrow Wilson Middle School. Praught competed in Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics after running the 1500 meters and steeplechase standards in 2015. Praught competed in the Women's 3000 metres steeplechase event at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China, but was disqualified. She was the gold medalist in the steeplechase at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Although raised by two Caucasian American parents, Aisha's biological father is a Jamaican reggae musician with whom her mother had a relationship for several years. The relationship ended after Aisha's mother returned to the United States to give birth. She married her current husband four years after Aisha's birth. In 2013, Aisha travelled to Germany to meet her birth father for the first time. She then decided to represent Jamaica to honour her heritage. She married professional runner Will Leer in 2016.
In the steeplechase at the 2016 Olympics, Praught was involved in an incident that also left Etenesh Diro and Sara Louise Treacy lying on the track. Diro became a celebrity for finishing that heat just ahead of Praught, running the last laps after the incident wearing only one shoe. All three athletes were advanced to the final, where Praught beat Diro to finish in 14th place.
|2015||World Championships||Beijing, China||–||3000 m s'chase||DQ|
|2016||Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||14th||3000 m s'chase||9:34.20|
|2017||World Championships||London, United Kingdom||4th (h)||3000 m s'chase||9:26.371|
|2018||World Indoor Championships||Birmingham, United Kingdom||6th||1500 m||4:12.86|
|Commonwealth Games||Gold Coast, Australia||1st||3000 m s'chase||9:21.00|
|2019||Pan American Games||Lima, Peru||2nd||1500 m||4:08.26|
|World Championships||Doha, Qatar||29th (h)||1500 m||4:09.81|
1Disqualified in the final
- 1500 m: 4:04.95
- 3000 m: 8:41.10
- 5000 m: 15:07.5
- 3000 m steeplechase: 9:14.09
- "Women's 3000 metres steeplechase heats results" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
- "Reconnecting With Her Heritage, Aisha Praught to Represent Jamaica". Flo Track. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
- http://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/Athlete.aspx?AID=673989 Illinois State Season Best and key races
- http://sidearm.sites.s3.amazonaws.com/uni.sidearmsports.com/documents/2015/6/30/TF_alltimerecords.pdf MVC Records as of September 2015
- Aisha Praught at World Athletics
- Aisha Praught at IAAF Diamond League
- Aisha Praught at All-Athletics.com
- Aisha Praught profile at TFRRS
- "Aisha Praught at Illinois State University". Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2015.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- Aisha Praught at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com
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