Eloise Wellings

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Eloise Wellings at the 2012 Summer Olympics

Eloise Wellings (née Poppett) (born 9 November 1982 in White Plains, New York, United States) is an Australian long-distance runner. She represented her country at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, the 2010 edition in New Delhi and the 2014 edition in Glasgow, and the 2012 Summer Olympics. In 2016, she made the finals of both the 5,000m and 10,000m races at 2016 Summer Olympics.

She was the gold medalist over 5000 metres at the 2003 Summer Universiade. She has also competed internationally in cross country running – her best finish to date was 22nd in the long race at the 2006 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

She won two consecutive titles at the Zatopek 10,000 metres in 2009, 2010 and 2015.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Wellings is a Christian. She stated that she missed out on the Sydney 2000 Olympics due to an injury and thought God was punishing her. She went to church with a school friend and began to understand God's love for her. She stated, “Once I found Jesus I was free to use the gifts He had given me and it didn’t matter if I succeeded or not.”[2] Wellings also missed out on the Athens and Beijing Olympics due to injury. However, she states, “All of my disappointing results and disappointing injuries and heartbreak missing three Olympics, there was always this belief and faith that my identity is in Jesus and that’s my foundation. When you’ve got that, you can’t be shaken. Every time I get up to train, I just ask that he be glorified, that he give me the strength to do it, that he help give me the right thoughts to think – and not necessarily that I win but that he would be made known to people as I run.”[3]

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Australia
1998 World Junior Championships Annecy, France 11th 3000 m
1999 World Youth Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 4th 3000 m
2003 Universiade Daegu, South Korea 1st 5000 m[4]
2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 4th 5000 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 8th 3000 m
World Cup Athens, Greece 4th 3000 m
2010 Commonwealth Games New Delhi, India 6th 10,000 m
2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, Scotland 5th 5,000 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 10th 5000 m
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 9th 5000 m
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 10th 10,000 m
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 22nd 10,000 m
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 8th 5,000 m
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 16th 10,000 m

Personal bests[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnson, Len (2010-12-09). Menjo takes Zatopek 10,000m in steamy Melbourne. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-12-09.
  2. ^ "Eloise Wellings running to God's beat at Commonwealth Games - The Catholic Leader". The Catholic Leader. 2018-04-05. Retrieved 2018-04-08.
  3. ^ "Eloise Wellings on track for glory". Retrieved 2018-04-08.
  4. ^ Athletics at the 2003 Summer Universiade, official results