Michelle Freeman (lane 5) at the 1996 Summer Olympics 100-meter hurdles semi-final
5 May 1969 |
Saint Catherine Parish, Jamaica
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||139 lb (63 kg)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|Event(s)||100 meters hurdles, 100 meters|
|College team||University of Florida|
Freeman was born in Saint Catherine Parish, Jamaica. In 1988, she was awarded the Austin Sealy Trophy for the most outstanding athlete of the 1988 CARIFTA Games. She received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where she was a member of the Florida Gators track and field team in National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) competition from 1989 to 1992. She was seven-time Southeastern Conference (SEC) champion and a member of the Gators' NCAA championship 4x400-meter relay team. Freeman received eight All-American honors, and still retains the Gators' team records in the 55-meter hurdles, 55-meter dash, 100-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles. She was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 2011.
Freeman received the gold medal for winning the 100-meter hurdles at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, British Columbia. She competed for Jamaica at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, where she won the bronze medal with her teammates Juliet Cuthbert, Nikole Mitchell and Merlene Ottey in the women's 4x100-meter relay event. She was also a member of the Jamaican Olympic team in 1992 and 2000.
- List of Olympic medalists in athletics (women)
- List of University of Florida alumni
- List of University of Florida Olympians
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- "Eight Gators To Be Inducted Into UF Athletic Hall of Fame Friday Night," GatorZone.com (8 April 2011). Retrieved 23 May 2011.
- Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Michelle Freeman. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
|Jamaica Sportswoman of the Year