Kelsey-Lee Roberts

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Kelsey-Lee Roberts
2018-06-07 - Kelsey-Lee Roberts BG02.jpg
Kelsey-Lee Roberts in Busto Arsizio in 2017
Personal information
Born (1991-09-20) 20 September 1991 (age 27)
East London, South Africa[1]
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Weight72 kg (159 lb)
Country Australia
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Javelin throw
Updated on 12 April 2018.

Kelsey-Lee Roberts (born 20 September 1991 in East London, South Africa) is an Australian athlete specialising in the javelin throw.[3] She made her international debut at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, finishing 3rd with 62.95m. She competed at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing without qualifying for the final. A back injury in early 2016 disrupted her preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics and she finished 28th in qualifying.[4]

Roberts had a break out year in 2017. She produced three consecutive personal bests in competitions in Turku, Lausanne and London. At the World Championships, she qualified automatically for the final and finished 10th. Roberts finished the season with 2nd place at the Diamond League Final in Zurich and another personal best of 64.53m.[3]

In 2018, she placed 2nd at the National titles behind Kathryn Mitchell. Roberts threw a new personal best of 64.57m at the Queensland International Track Classic in Brisbane on 28 March.

In the 2018 Commonwealth Games Roberts received a silver medal in the women's javelin event with a 63.89m throw.[5]

She is coached by Mike Barber and is based at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. Her training partner is Para-Athletics World Champion Jayden Sawyer.

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Australia
2014[1] Commonwealth Games Glasgow, United Kingdom 3rd Javelin throw 62.95 m
2015[6] World Championships Beijing, China 20th (q) Javelin throw 60.18 m
2016[7] Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 28th (q) Javelin throw 55.25 m
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 10th Javelin throw 60.76 m
2018[8] Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 2nd Javelin throw 63.89 m


  1. ^ a b 2014 CWG profile
  2. ^ "2018 CWG bio". Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b Kelsey-Lee Roberts at IAAF
  4. ^ Adams, David Polkinghorne, Melissa. "Harnessing the power of her mind". Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  5. ^ "Sunette adds javelin bronze to Team SA medal tally". Daily Voice. Cape Town. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Javelin Throw Women - Qualification" (PDF). Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  7. ^ Dutton, Chris (August 16, 2016). "Olympic Games 2016: Canberra javelin thrower Roberts' Rio campaign ends in tears". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  8. ^ "Kelsey-Lee Roberts". GC2018. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2018.

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