Kristi Castlin

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Kristi Castlin
2014 DécaNation - 100 m hurdles 09.jpg
Castlin in 2014
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1988-07-07) July 7, 1988 (age 30)
Atlanta, Georgia[1]
Residence Los Angeles
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Weight 133 lb (60 kg)[1]
Sport
Club HSInternational Sports Management
Team Nike

Kristi Castlin (born July 7, 1988) is an American track and field athlete who specializes in the 100 metres hurdles. Her personal best for the event is 12.50 seconds, set on July 8, 2016 during the finals of the 2016 United States Olympic Trials, in which she qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics by placing 2nd. She was the 2012 American champion in the indoor 60 metres hurdles and represented the United States at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships. She shares the world record for the shuttle hurdle relay, with her time of 50.78 seconds set in 2013.

She competed collegiately for the Virginia Tech Hokies and has several top three finishes in NCAA competition. She was a gold medalist at the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in 2007 and a silver medalist at the NACAC Under-23 Championships in Athletics in 2008.

During the 2016 Summer Olympics, Castlin wore a traditional Hindu bindi.[2] Castlin won a bronze medal in the women's 100 metres hurdles, completing the sweep of the event along with two of her USA teammates, Nia Ali and Brianna Rollins, who won silver and gold medals respectively. It was the only sweep in the 2016 Olympic Athletics program.

Early life[edit]

Castlin was born in Atlanta, Georgia to Kimberly and Rodney Castlin. She did not take up track and field until the age of fourteen, only becoming interested when she noticed she was quicker than her classmates.[3][4] While still in high school, she ran a Georgia state record time of 13.73 seconds for the 100 metres hurdles.[5] She graduated in the top five percent of her class, and given her athletic ability, she gained a scholarship to study political science at Virginia Tech.[3] Castlin was a freshman during the Virginia Tech shooting, in which Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others.[2] She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2010.[6]

College career[edit]

In her first indoor season competing collegiately for the Virginia Tech Hokies, Castlin broke the school records in both the 60 metres hurdles (8.20 seconds) and 55 metres hurdles (7.61 seconds). She received All-American honors for her ninth-place finish at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships and was the runner-up at the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) indoor meet. Outdoors, she broke the American junior (under-20) record for the 100 metres hurdles, running a time of 12.91 seconds. She won the ACC Outdoor Championships title and placed ninth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. After a win at the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships,[5] Castlin made her international debut at the 2007 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships and came away with the gold medal and a 100 metres hurdles championship record of 13.02 seconds, beating her compatriot Queen Harrison.[7][8]

Castlin continued to improve in the 2008 season. She again broke two school records in indoor hurdles and was runner-up to Tiffany Ofili at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships.[9] She was also runner-up in the 60 metres hurdles at the ACC Indoor Championships. Outdoors, she won the ACC 100 metres hurdles title and ran a personal record time of 12.81 seconds for the season.[5] With that time, she was ranked 25th in the world that year.[10] She was a semi-finalist at the 2008 United States Olympic Trials and claimed her second international medal, a silver behind Ofili, at the 2008 NACAC Under-23 Championships in Athletics.[5]

Her third collegiate season saw her win the ACC hurdles titles both indoors and outdoors. At the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships she was again runner-up in the 100 m hurdles behind Michigan Wolverines' Tiffany Ofili.[11] Ofili was also victorious at the NCAA Indoor Championships, with Castlin taking third place on that occasion.[12] In her final year in 2010 she was runner-up at the NCAA Indoor Championships behind Queen Harrison,[13] She was knocked out of the top three at the NCAA Outdoor competition – her last NCAA event – and took fourth place behind Aleesha Barber.[14]

Castlin closed her career with the Hokies having won four ACC titles, broken the conference record for the 100 m hurdles and taken eight All-American honors from NCAA competition.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Castlin (left) racing against Cindy Billaud at the DecaNation meet in 2014

Castlin turned professional after leaving Virginia Tech, gaining an Adidas sponsorship, and set a season's best of 12.83 seconds at the 2011 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. However, she false started in the semi-finals and was disqualified.[15] She secured her first national title at the 2012 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships, setting a personal record of 7.84 seconds in the process.[16] The time ultimately ranked as the second fastest in the world that year for the 60 m hurdles.[17] This gained her selection for the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships – her first senior appearance. In spite of her entering the competition as one of the favourites, she failed to finish her heat as she mistook the sound of the starter's pistol for a recall (due to the echo in the hall) and stopped running before the first hurdle.[18]

At the 2012 United States Olympic Trials she reached the semi-finals, but her time of 12.93 seconds was not enough to progress.[19] She performed well, however, on the 2012 IAAF Diamond League circuit that year. She greatly improved her personal record to 12.56 seconds as runner-up at the Bislett Games in Oslo – a time which ranked her sixth in the world for 2012. Her other major placings included fourth at both the Meeting Areva in Paris and the London Grand Prix.[20]

Castlin tried to defend her national title at the 2013 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships, but was beaten into second place by Nia Ali.[21] At the 2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships she had her best national placing yet, taking sixth in a time of 12.61 seconds (her fastest that year).[22] She ranked tenth globally for the season.[23] Her 2013 was highlighted by a world record in the infrequently contested shuttle hurdle relay – at the Florida Relays a team of Ali, Castlin, Yvette Lewis and Queen Harrison completed the 4×100 m relay event in a new best time of 50.78 seconds.[24]

She ranked in the top three at the 2014 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships, doing so at the national event for the third year running.[25] She was selected at the USA Track & Field athlete of the week at the end of April 2014 as a result of her breaking Brianna Rollins' streak of 35 races without defeat; Castlin's run of 12.571 seconds edged Rollins by five thousandths of a second and broke the Drake Relays meet record.[26][27] This proved to be her fastest of the season and enough to place her seventh in the annual global rankings.[28] She defeated both Rollins (the world champion) and Sally Pearson (the Olympic champion) at the Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern in July.[29] She ended the year with a win in the non-Diamond League 100 m hurdles at the Memorial Van Damme meet in Brussels.[30]

During the 2016 United States Olympic Trials for track and field, Castlin placed second in the 100 m hurdles with a time of 12.50 seconds, behind Brianna Rollins and ahead of Nia Ali, and qualified to represent the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.[31]

She earned a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics in the 100 m hurdles, with a time of 12.61 seconds, outleaning Cindy Ofili at the finish. Castlin finished behind American teammates Brianna Rollins, who earned the gold medal with a time of 12.48 seconds, and Nia Ali, who earned the silver medal with a time of 12.59 seconds. It was the first time in Olympic history that American women had swept the medals in any event, and made the United States the first country to win gold, silver, and bronze in the women's 100 m hurdles in one Olympics.[32] HSInternational Sports Management announced its signing of Kristi "Hollywood" Castlin, the Rio Olympic Bronze Medalist at 100 m Hurdles.[33]

Personal bests[edit]

Outdoor
Indoor

National titles[edit]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2007 Pan American Junior Championships São Paulo, Brazil 1st 100 m hurdles 13.02 CR
2008 NACAC U23 Championships Toluca, Mexico 2nd 100 m hurdles 13.21
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey — (h) 60 m hurdles DNF
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 3rd 100 m hurdles 12.61
2017 DécaNation Angers, France 1st 100 m hurdles 12.95

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Kristi Castlin Track and Field". United States Olympic Committee. 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b Stevens, Alexis (20 July 2016). "The final hurdle: With tragic past behind, Castlin eyes Olympic medal". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b c About. Kristi Castlin. Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  4. ^ Kristi Castlin. Georgia Track Club. Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  5. ^ a b c d Kristi Castlin. Hokie Sports. Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  6. ^ http://www.collegiatetimes.com/sports/virginia-tech-graduate-kristi-castlin-earns-bronze-medal-in-the/article_b3bb7068-6588-11e6-bc36-276df4167cd2.html
  7. ^ Resultado Oficial / Official Result. USA Track & Field. Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  8. ^ Biscayart, Eduardo (2007-07-08). USA dominates at Pan-American Junior Championships in S\xe3o Paulo. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  9. ^ 2008 NCAA Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships. NCAA. Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  10. ^ 100 Metres Hurdles - women - senior - outdoor - 2008. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  11. ^ 2009 NCAA Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships. NCAA. Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  12. ^ 2009 NCAA Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships. NCAA. Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  13. ^ 2010 NCAA Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships. NCAA. Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  14. ^ 2010 NCAA Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships. NCAA. Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  15. ^ Women's 100 Meter Hurdles Senior - Semi-Final. USATF. Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  16. ^ Lowe improves US record to 2.02m, four world leads in Albuquerque - USA Indoor champs, day 2. IAAF (2012-02-27). Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  17. ^ 60 Metres Hurdles - women - senior - indoor - 2012. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  18. ^ Lehourites, Chris (2012-03-09). Echoes cost Kristi Castlin a shot at worlds gold. UT San Diego. Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  19. ^ Women's 100 Meter Hurdles Semi-Final. USATF. Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  20. ^ 100 Metres Hurdles - women - senior - outdoor - 2012. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  21. ^ Women's 60 Meter Hurdles Final. USATF. Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  22. ^ 2013 USA Outdoor Championships - Results in Full. USATF. Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  23. ^ 100 Metres Hurdles - women - senior - outdoor - 2013. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  24. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2013-04-07). Freeman's breakthrough and Hoffa's world lead highlight Florida Relays. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  25. ^ 2014 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Results. USA Track and Field. Retrieved on 2014-06-08.
  26. ^ Hurdler Kristi Castlin named USATF Athlete of the Week. USA Track & Field (2014-04-30). Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  27. ^ Minshull, Phil (2014-04-27). Castlin ends Rollins' winning streak at Drake Relays. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  28. ^ 100 Metres Hurdles - women - senior - outdoor - 2014. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  29. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2014-07-15). On a roll, another Swiss win for Adams in Lucerne. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  30. ^ 2014 Memorial Van Damme Results. Brussels Diamond League. Retrieved on 2015-05-17.
  31. ^ "2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field Men's steeplechase". usatf.org. July 8, 2016. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  32. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: US women sweep medals in 100m hurdles - BBC News". Bbc.com. 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-19.
  33. ^ "Castlin signs with HSI". trackalerts. Retrieved November 4, 2016.

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