Ajeé Wilson

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Ajeé Wilson
Ajee' Wilson (2).jpg
Wilson in 2016
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1994-05-08) May 8, 1994 (age 23)
Neptune, New Jersey
Residence Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg)
Sport
Sport Track & Field
Event(s) 800 metres
Club Juventus Track Club
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 400m: 53.63 (2014)
800m: 1:55.61 (London 2017)

Ajeé Wilson (/ˈɑː/ AH-jay; born May 8, 1994) is an American middle distance runner who specializes in the 800 metres. She currently holds the U.S. Record in the event with a time of 1:55.61.

Wilson attended Academy of Allied Health & Science in Neptune Township, New Jersey, until 2012.[1] She originally committed to attend Florida State University,[2] before deciding to turn professional. She graduated from Temple University in 2016,[3] but trains with her coach Derek Thompson and the Juventus Track Club of Philadelphia.[4]

Wilson won gold medals in the 800 metres at both the 2011 World Youth Championships in Athletics and the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics. Her winning time in Barcelona of 2:00.91[5] is the 3rd fastest time ran by a high schooler behind Mary Cain and Kim Gallagher.

2013[edit]

In 2012, she committed to run at Florida State University Seminoles under Karen Harvey, but days before the fall semester, she decided to focus on a pro career and return to her coach Derek Thompson at Temple University. The decision paid off at the 2013 IAAF Moscow World Championships she ran the quickest Junior 800m – 1:58.21 a North American and USA junior record – to place sixth.[6]

2014[edit]

Wilson won her Second U.S. Senior Indoor 800 meter title at the 2014 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2:00.43.[7] Wilson won her first U.S. Senior Outdoor 800 meter title at the 2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, California in 1:58.70.[8] On 18 July, Wilson ran a world leading mark of 1:57.67[9] to win the Diamond League Herculis Monaco.

2015[edit]

Wilson won the Armory Invitational in 2:01.7 on January 31 in New York, New York.

At the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon Wilson placed 3rd in the 800m in 2:00.05 despite losing a shoe in the last 200 meters. She qualified to represent the U.S. for the 800m in the 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China but did not compete due to injury.

2017[edit]

Wilson won the New York Road Runners Armory Invitational in New York, New York 600m in 1:24.28, the fourth-fastest time in history and the second-fastest by an American behind only Alysia Montaño‘s U.S. national record of 1:23.59 set on this same Armory oval in 2013.

At the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Wilson placed 1st in the 800 meters in 1:57.78, to represent the U.S. for the 800m in the 2017 World Championships in Athletics in London.[10]

On July 21, 2017, Wilson ran 1:55.61 at the Diamond League event in Monaco to break the U.S. record by nearly 1 second. This time ranks Wilson at number 20 on the IAAF all-time list. [11]

Major competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
2010 World Junior Championships Moncton, Canada 5th 800 m 2:04.18
2011 World Youth Championships Lille, France 1st 800 m 2:02.64
2012 World Junior Championships Barcelona, Spain 1st 800 m 2:00.91
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 6th 800 m 1:58.21
2014 World Indoor Championship Sopot, Poland 10th (h) 800 m 2:02.90
World Relay Championships Nassau, Bahamas 1st 4 × 800 m relay 8:01.58
2015 World Relay Championships Nassau, Bahamas 1st Distance medley relay 10:36.50 (WR)
2016 World Indoor Championship Portland, United States 2nd 800 m 2:00.27
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 12th (sf) 800 m 1:59.75

USA National Championships[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
2010 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships Des Moines, Iowa 1st 800m 2:05.75[12]
2011 2011 United States World Youth Trials (track and field) Eugene, Oregon 1st 800m 2:09.39[13]
2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Eugene, Oregon 14th 800m 2:04.96[14]
2012 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships Bloomington, Indiana 1st 800m 2:04.86[15]
2013 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Albuquerque, New Mexico 1st 800m 2:02.64[16]
2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Des Moines, Iowa 3rd 800m 1:59.55[17]
2014 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Albuquerque, New Mexico 1st 800m 2:00.43[18]
USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Sacramento, California 1st 800m 1:58.70[19]
2015 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Reggie Lewis Center Roxbury, Massachusetts 6th 600m 1:39.39[20]
USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Eugene, Oregon 3rd 800m 2:00.05[21]
2016 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Portland, Oregon 1st 800 m 2:00.87
U.S. Olympic Trials Eugene, Oregon 2nd 800 m 1:59.51
2017 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Albuquerque, New Mexico 1st 600 m 1:23.84CR[22]
USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Sacramento, California 1st 800m 1:57.78[23]

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time Location Date
Indoor 400m 59.55 Toms River, USA December 28, 2011
500m 1:09.63 Staten Island, USA January 14, 2017
600m 1:23.78 New York, USA February 4, 2017
800m 1:58.27 AR New York, USA February 11, 2017
1000m 2:42.71 Haverford, USA December 3, 2016
Mile 4:50.22 New York, USA January 22, 2016
Outdoor 400m 53.63 Chester, USA April 19, 2014
600m 1:22.39 Berlin, Germany August 27, 2017
800m 1:55.61 NR Fontvieille, Monaco July 21, 2017
1000m 2:44.05 Brussels, Belgium September 6, 2013
1500m 4:12.10 Swarthmore, United States May 12, 2014
Mile 4:33.57 South Huntington, USA August 31, 2016
4 × 800 m 8:01.58 Nassau, Bahamas May 24, 2014
DMR 10:36.50 Nassau, Bahamas May 2, 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barker, Sarah. "America's 800-Meter Savior Has Finally Arrived", Deadspin, June 12, 2015. Accessed July 6, 2016. "Wilson proved a stalwart point-earner for her high school track team, the imaginatively named Academy of Allied Health and Science, regularly competing in the 400, 800, 1600, 4x400 and often the sprint and distance medley relays, in both indoor and outdoor seasons."
  2. ^ Steve Hockstein. "Neptune's Ajee' Wilson ends the suspense, will head to Florida State to continue track career". NJ.com. Retrieved 2016-11-05. 
  3. ^ "USA Track & Field - Ajeé Wilson". Usatf.org. Retrieved 2016-11-05. 
  4. ^ "USA Track & Field - Athlete Spotlight: Ajeé Wilson". Usatf.org. Retrieved 2016-11-05. 
  5. ^ Jim Lambert (2012-07-12). "Ajee' Wilson of Neptune wins World Junior Championship 800 title in US #2 all-time 2:00.91". NJ.com. Retrieved 2016-11-05. 
  6. ^ "Why Ajee' Wilson is a winner | Spikes powered by IAAF". Spikes.iaaf.org. 2014-07-07. Retrieved 2016-11-05. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
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  10. ^ 2017 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships USATF June 27, 2017
  11. ^ http://www.letsrun.com/news/2017/07/ajee-wilson-smashes-american-800-meter-record-runs-155-61-monaco/
  12. ^ 2010 USA Outdoor Junior Track and Field Championships results. Usatf.org, Retrieved on October 22, 2015
  13. ^ 2012 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships results. Usatf.org, Retrieved on October 22, 2015
  14. ^ 2012 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships results. Usatf.org, Retrieved on October 22, 2015
  15. ^ 2013 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships results. Usatf.org, Retrieved on October 22, 2015
  16. ^ 2013 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships results. Usatf.org, Retrieved on October 22, 2015
  17. ^ 2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships results. Usatf.org, Retrieved on October 22, 2015
  18. ^ 2014 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Usatf.org, Retrieved on October 22, 2015
  19. ^ 2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Results. Usatf.org, Retrieved on October 22, 2015
  20. ^ 2015 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships 600 meters. Usatf.org, Retrieved on November 30, 2015
  21. ^ 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships results. Retrieved on October 22, 2015
  22. ^ 2017 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Results. Usatf.org, Retrieved on September 11, 2017
  23. ^ 2017 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Results. Usatf.org, Retrieved on June 27, 2017

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Trevor Barron
USA Track & Field Youth Athlete of the Year
2011
Succeeded by
Sydney Holden