Michael Power (athlete)

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Mike Power
Personal information
Born (1976-09-05) September 5, 1976 (age 42)
ResidenceFayetteville, Arkansas
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight142 lb (64 kg)
CountryUnited States
SportTrack and field
College teamArkansas Razorbacks

Michael Power (born 9 May 1976) is an Australian former long-distance runner who competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics in the 5000m.

Power attended Mentone Grammar high school from 1990 to 1994, then moved to The Peninsula School for his final year of high school. He competed in the 1995 World Junior Athletics Championships in Lisbon, Portugal (1500m) and finished 5th in the final in a new personal best time of 3:43.

High School[edit]

After competing in the World Junior Track & Field Championships and having junior personal bests of 3:43 (1500m), 3:58.03 (mile, ranks 147th in All-Time Sub-4 minute miles at the Prefontaine Classic) 8:02 (3000m), he accepted a scholarship at the University Of Arkansas and became 9-time All-American while competing for 4 years.

Michael still holds the current Australian underage track records:
Under 16 1000m 2:28.7
Under 18 1000m 2:23.1


Power accepted a scholarship at the University Of Arkansas and became 9-time All-American while competing for 4 years. Power graduated in Fall 1999 after winning the 1999 SEC Cross Country Championship in 24:10.60.[1]

Power won Southeastern Conference Cross Country Title in 1998 in 23:55.79 and 1999 in 24:10.60. Power won Southeastern Conference indoor track and field title in 1999 in Mile 4:01.80 and 3,000 Meters 7:56.06. Power won Southeastern Conference outdoor track and field title in 1998 5000 meters in 14:02.37. At the 1998 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship, Power finished 3rd in 5000 meters.

Power is in the Arkansas indoor track record book in 3000 meters in 7:50.25, Distance Medley Relay in 9:28.78, outdoor track 5000 meters in 13:36.37.

Power finished second at the 1999 NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Post College[edit]

In 2000, Power won the National 5000m open championship and was selected to compete in the 2000 Olympics. He finished 13th in Heat 1 and finished 28th overall. After the Olympics, he lived on the Mornington Peninsula in the state of Victoria while competing for Nike on the international track & field circuit.

He lived in Athens briefly before the 2004 Athens Olympics. Afterward moved to Barcelona Spain and worked in city. He owned and coached a marathon training group.

Mike Power coached at University of Memphis middle and distance running track and cross country for a few years after moving from Spain.[2]

Power currently (2019) works as a Bentonville High School teacher / coach in Arkansas.

Event Result Venue Date
800m 1:51.38 Melbourne, AUS 15.02.04
1500m 3:40.23 Melbourne, AUS 12.02.04
Mile 3:58.03 Eugene, USA 04.06.95
Mile (i) 3:59.85 Fairfax, VA, USA 29.01.99
2000m 5:01.85 Villeneuve d'Ascq, FRA 17.06.01
3000m 7:46.22 Brisbane, AUS 08.09.00
3000m (i) 7:55.36 Indianapolis, IN, USA 06.03.99
5000m 13:23.56 Osaka, JPN 12.05.01
5000m (i) 14:17.09 Fayetteville, AR, USA 21.01.05
10000m 28:49.73 Brisbane, AUS 12.04.02
10 km Road 28:55 Melbourne, AUS 19.05.01
20k Road 1:03:14 San Sebastián, ESP 13.11.05
Half Marathon 1:06:23 Gavá, ESP 19.02.06
Marathon 2:48:23 Memphis, Tennessee, USA BQ


External links[edit]

  • Michael Power at IAAF
  • "Profile". sports-reference. Retrieved 12 May 2012.