Michellie Jones

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Michellie Jones
Personal information
Born (1969-09-06) 6 September 1969 (age 44)
Fairfield, New South Wales
Residence Carlsbad, California
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 60 kg (132 lb)
Sport
Country Australia

Michellie Yvonne Jones (/mɨˈkli/ mə-KEE-lee; born 6 September 1969 in Fairfield, New South Wales) is an Australian triathlete. She has won two ITU Triathlon World Championships, an Olympic Silver Medal,[1] and the 2006 Ironman World Championship.[2]

Athletic career[edit]

Jones started competing in triathlons in 1990. In 1992 and 1993 she won the ITU Triathlon World Championships.[1] In 1996, she won the inaugural XTERRA Triathlon World Championships. Jones would go on to further expand her triathlon résumé by winning the ITU Triathlon World Cup in 1998 and 1999.[3] At the 2000 Summer Olympics Jones took the Silver Medal in the inaugural triathlon event with a total time of 2:00:42.55, only two seconds behind Gold Medalist Brigitte McMahon. Her split times were 19:43.88 for the swim, 1:05:32.90 for the cycling and 0:35:25.77 for the run.[1]

After recently expanding into Iron distance competition, Jones took second place in the 2005 Ironman World Championship, losing the lead during the run to Natascha Badmann.[4] This was only the second time that she competed in an iron distance triathlon. Later she won the 2006 Ironman Arizona Triathlon, finishing with a time of 9:12:53, and the Ironman Triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in 9:18:31.[2] With this victory, Jones became the first Australian woman to win a World Ironman Championship and it made her the second Australian in history to win the event, behind 1994 Men's World Champion, Greg Welch.

Personal life[edit]

Jones currently lives in Carlsbad, California.[5] She is a graduate from the University of Wollongong with a Diploma of Teaching in Primary Education in 1990.[6]

Jones has twin sister,[5] Gabrielle Jones.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Michellie Jones". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Staton, Ron (21 October 2006). "Stadler Wins Ironman Triathlon". The Washington Post. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "20yrs of ITU: World Cup Success". International Triathlon Union. 14 April 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Woodman, Jim. "2005 Ford Ironman World Championship Al-Sultan and Badmann take 2005 Honors". Active.com. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Q&A with Michellie "MJ" Jones". GUenergy.com. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Outlook". University of Wollongong. December 2000. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 

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