Maria Michta-Coffey

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Maria Michta-Coffey, Ph.D.
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Personal information
Full name Maria Lynn Michta-Coffey
Nationality American
Born (1986-06-23) June 23, 1986 (age 32)
Stony Brook, New York
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 115 lb (52 kg)
Country  United States
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Racewalking
Club Walk USA
Coached by Tim Seaman
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 20 km walk: 1:30:49 American Record 15km walk:1:07:51 American Record 10km walk:45:08 official split in 20k 5km walk: 21:57 American Record

Maria Michta-Coffey (born June 23, 1986) is an American race walker of Polish descent.[1] She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London in the 20 kilometer race walk after winning the U.S. Olympic trials with a time of 1:34:53.33.[2] At the 2012 Olympics, she finished in 29th place in the 20 kilometer race walk with a time of 1:32:27, a new personal best.[3]

She has had a strong 2014 season, setting four American records in the race walk, and even breaking her own American record in the 20 km twice in just over one month. She was the highest placed American finisher ever in the Women's 20 km IAAF World Race Walking Cup, setting a new American record of 1:30:49 and finishing 30th.[4] Michta won her 6th National Title of 2014 on September 14 at the National 30k in Valley Cottage, NY.[5]

Michta graduated from high school in the Sachem School District on Long Island in New York in 2004.[6] She graduated as valedictorian from Long Island University C. W. Post Campus in 2008 and then became a PhD candidate at the Mount Sinai Medical School[6][7] in biomedical science.[8] Michta married her Sachem High School sweetheart Joe Coffey on July 3, 2014. She now races under the last name Michta-Coffey.[9] She defended her thesis entitled: "Hepatitis C virus cell entry determinants of occludin" in 2014 earning her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences.

While training for the 2016 Summer Olympics Michta-Coffey taught at Suffolk County Community College as an adjunct professor. She went on to win her 30th National Title on June 30 in Salem, Oregon at the US Olympic Trials in Track and Field earning her second Olympic Berth. She went on to finish 22nd at the Rio Summer Olympics, the highest finish by a female American race walker.

Personal bests[edit]

Event Result Venue Date
Road walk
10 km 48:03 min Lima, Peru 7 May 2005
20 km 1:30:49 hrs Taicang, China 3 May 2014
Track walk
5000 m 21:50.15 min Philadelphia, United States 25 April 2015
10,000 m 49:43.85 min Windsor, Canada 30 July 2005

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
2003 World Youth Championships Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada 10th 5000 m track walk 24:52.06
2004 World Race Walking Cup (U20) Naumburg, Germany 29th 10 km 53:04
14th Junior team 68 pts
World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 22nd 10,000 m 51:42.95
2005 Pan American Race Walking Cup (U20) Lima, Peru 2nd 10 km 48:03
4th Junior team 19 pts
Pan American Junior Championships Windsor, Ontario, Canada 3rd 10,000 m 49:43.85
2006 NACAC U-23 Championships Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 5th 10,000 m walk 52:26.00
2007 Pan American Race Walking Cup Balneário Camboriú, Brazil] 19th 20 km 1:53:55
4th Team 45 pts
NACAC Championships San Salvador, El Salvador 7th 10,000 m 59:00.37
2008 World Race Walking Cup Cheboksary, Russia 66th 20 km 1:45:02
15th Team 190 pts
2009 Pan American Race Walking Cup San Salvador, El Salvador 13th 20 km 1:50:21
3rd Team 39 pts
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 29th 20 km 1:38:54
Pan American Games Guadalajara, Mexico 9th 20 km 1:38:47 A
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 29th 20 km 1:32:27
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 33rd 20 km 1:33:51
2014 World Race Walking Cup Taicang, China 30th 20 km 1:30:49
12th Team 167 pts
2015 Pan American Race Walking Cup Arica, Chile 5th 20 km 1:34:06
3rd Team 35 pts
World Championships Beijing, China 20th 20 km 1:33:24
2018 NACAC Championships Toronto, Candada 1st 20,000 m 1:36:34


  1. ^ Michta, Maria (July 8, 2012). "My race, my moment, my BECOMING". Maria Archived from the original on February 16, 2013. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
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  3. ^ London 2012 - Women's 20km Race Walk results
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  6. ^ a b Maria Michta
  7. ^ Maria About Me!
  8. ^ Johnson, K. C. (August 29, 2012). "Meet Maria Michta, a race walker we won't soon forget". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
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