Athing Mu

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Athing Mu
Personal information
Born (2002-06-08) June 8, 2002 (age 17)
Trenton, New Jersey
ResidenceTrenton, New Jersey
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight124 lb (56 kg)
Country United States
SportTrack and Field
Event(s)800 meters, 600 meters, 400 meters
ClubTrenton Track Club
Coached byAl Jennings
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

Athing Mu (born June 8, 2002) is an American middle-distance runner whose family is of Sudanese origin .[1] On February 24, 2019, Mu broke the American women's record at the 600 meter event at the 2019 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships with a time of 1:23.57. She bested the previous American women's record of 1:23.59 held by Alysia Montaño, and nearly broke the women's world record of 1:23.44, held by Olga Kotlyarova.[2]

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Notes
Representing the  United States
2018 Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires, Argentina 2nd 800 m 2:05.23
2019 Pan American Junior Championships San José, Costa Rica 1st 800 m 2:05.50
Pan American Games Lima, Peru 11th (h) 800 m 2:07.30
The Match Europe v USA Minsk, Belarus 7th 800 m 2:06.68
8th 400 m 54.34

Personal life[edit]

Mu was born in Trenton, NJ as the second youngest of seven siblings.[3]


  1. ^ "Athing Mu". Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  2. ^ Gault, Jonathan (February 24, 2019). "A Star Is Born: 16-Year-Old Athing Mu Breaks American Record, Just Misses WR to Win 600 at 2019 USA Indoors in 1:23.57". Let's Run. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "Athing Mu". Retrieved March 2, 2019.