3 September 1981 |
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||140 lb (64 kg)|
|Club||New York Athletic Club|
|Now coaching||Les Gramantik|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||Heptathlon: 6599 points NR, Calgary, 2012
Pentathlon: 4326, Regina, 2005
100 m hurdles: 12.65, London, 2012
|Updated on July 2012.|
Jessica Zelinka (born September 3, 1981 in London, Ontario) is a Canadian pentathlete, heptathlete, and 100 m hurdler. Her personal best score is 6599 points for the heptathlon. She was the gold medalist at the 2007 Pan American Games. Zelinka won silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and repeated her silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. At the 2012 Summer Olympics Zelinka finished in 7th overall in both the heptathlon and 100 m hurdles.
Zelinka first became interested in track and field in elementary school and competed in her first heptathlon at 16. She missed much of the 1999 outdoor season because of an illness. Her first international competition was the 2000 IAAF World Junior Championships in Athletics, where she was fifth in the heptathlon and also competed in the heats of the 100 meter hurdles. She missed most of the 2002 season due to a back and hamstring injury. Zelinka's first major global outing came at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics and she finished in eleventh place. She just missed out on the medals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games having finished in fourth place.
Regional success came at the 2007 Pan American Games as she fended off Gretchen Quintana, among others, to top the podium and take the gold medal. She set a new personal best and Canadian record points score for heptathlon, with 6343. She was selected for the 2007 World Championships in Athletics, but did not compete.
She finished in fifth place at the 2008 Summer Olympics. This equalled the best place finish of a Canadian woman in a multi-events sport at the Olympics. At the Beijing Olympics, she set a new Canadian record for heptathlon, with 6490 points. After her Olympic appearance, she took the 2009 season off from competition and had a daughter with her partner Nathaniel Miller, a Canadian international in water polo.
Building up to the 2010 Commonwealth Games, she finished third in the heptathlon at the Décastar meeting in Talence, France. She earned a season's best total of 6204 points. At the games Zelinka was battling the traveler's diarrhea that affected many athletes in Delhi. Despite the challenges she managed to finish a respectable second and win the silver. Though she did medal Zelinka admitted some disappointment as she had gone to Delhi to win gold. Zelinka's medal was notable however as she just had a baby the previous year and had taken that season off and only returned to competition in 2010.
As of 2012, Zelinka's coach is Les Gramantik. During the 2012 Canadian Olympic trials for track and field, she set a new personal best, of 6599 points, and new Canadian record score for heptathletes, on 28 June 2012, besting her old personal best and Canadian record, set at the 2008 Olympics. This selected her for the 2012 London Olympics for heptathlon. Two days later, she finished first in the 100 m hurdles, qualifying her for that event as well. She had considered foregoing it to concentrate on the heptathlon, but decided to compete in both events. At the 2012 London Olympics, Zelinka finished 7th overall in both the Women's Heptathlon event and the 100 m hurdles.
|Canadian Track and Field Championships||Windsor, ON - Canada||1st||6017|
|11th Meeting International d'Arles||Arles - France||11th||5329|
|IAAF Combined Events Challenge||Götzis - Austria||21st||6034|
|2008 Summer Olympic Games||Beijing - China||5th||6490|
|2007 Pan American Games||Rio de Janeiro - Brazil||1st||6136|
|World Combined Events Challenge||Arles - France||2nd||6218|
|IAAF Combined Events Challenge||Götzis - Austria||4th||6343|
|32nd Hypo-Meet||Gotzis - Austria||4th||6314|
|9th Meeting International d'Arles||France||1st||6314|
|2006 Commonwealth Games||Melbourne - Australia||4th||6213|
|31st Hypo-Meet||Götzis - Austria||11th||6137|
|Canadian Track and Field Championships||Winnipeg, MB - Canada||1st||5723|
|IAAF||Arles - France||4th||6088|
|Canadian Track and Field Championships||Victoria, BC - Canada||1st||5890|
|Décastar||Talence - France||6th||5757|
|Canadian Track and Field Championships||Victoria, BC - Canada||3rd||5716|
|Canadian Track and Field Championships||Edmonton, AB - Canada||1st||5356|
|Toledo Invitational||Toledo, OH - United States||1st||5423|
|Canadian Combined Junior Events Championships||Windsor, ON - Canada||1st||5465|
|2000 IAAF World Junior Championships||Santiago - Chile||5th||5688|
|Junior Multi-Event Dual Meet||Dordrecht - Netherlands||?||5250|
- 2006 Commonwealth Games, ZELINKA Jessica (accessed 2012)
- Eduardo Biscayart (25 July 2007). "Barber takes 100m title with 11.02 – Pan American Games, Day 3". IAAF. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
- Canadian Press (16 August 2008). "Zelinka sets record en route to sixt". SportsNet. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
- Rita Mingo (29 June 2012). "Jessica Zelinka punches ticket to London in grand fashion". The Gazette (Montreal). Retrieved 1 July 2012.
- Spencer, Donna (2011-06-23). Olympic pair ‘not easy on each other’. The Chronicle Herald. Retrieved on 2011-06-24.
- van Kuijen, Hans (2010-09-19). Suarez and Chernova prevail in Talence - IAAF World Combined Events Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-19.
- Randy Starkman (9 October 2010). "Heptathlete Jessica Zelinka goes the extra mile". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2010-10-11.
- Dave Feschuk (30 June 2012). "London 2012: Zelinka wins, Felicien and Lopes-Schliep fail to qualify at Olympic trials". Toronto Star. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
- Athletics Canada: http://www.athletics.ca/main.asp?page_url=/profile.asp?pID=10
- IAAF: http://www.iaaf.org/athletes/biographies/letter=0/athcode=180326/index.html