Aisha Praught-Leer

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Aisha Praught
Aisha Praught 2016.jpg
Aisha Praught at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1989-12-14) 14 December 1989 (age 31)
Moline, Illinois
Height1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight50 kg (110 lb)
Country Jamaica
SportTrack 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.[1] She was the gold medalist in the steeplechase at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.


Although raised by two white 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 honor her heritage.[2] She married professional runner Will Leer in 2016.

2016 Olympics[edit]

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[3][4] 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.

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
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

Personal records[edit]

  • 1500 m: 4:04.95
  • 3000 m: 8:41.10
  • 5000 m: 15:07.5
  • 3000 m steeplechase: 9:14.09


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Women's 3000 metres steeplechase heats results" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 29 August 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Reconnecting With Her Heritage, Aisha Praught to Represent Jamaica". Flo Track. Retrieved 29 August 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^
  4. ^’s%20Etenesh%20Diro%20Runs%20To%20The%20Finish%20With%20Just%20One%20Shoe%20On
  5. ^ Illinois State Season Best and key races
  6. ^ MVC Records as of September 2015

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