Morgan Uceny

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Morgan Uceny
Personal information
Born (1985-03-10) March 10, 1985 (age 30)
Plymouth, Indiana
Residence San Diego, California
Country  United States
Event(s) 1500 m
College team Cornell Big Red
Club adidas
Coached by Terrence Mahon
Achievements and titles
World finals
  • 2011 1500m (10th place)
Personal best(s) (800 m) 1:58.37
(1500m) 4:00.06

Morgan Uceny (born March 10, 1985) is an American runner who specializes in middle distance events.

Personal life[edit]

Uceny was raised in Plymouth, Indiana, with her father, Marty, her mother, Brenda, and her two older brothers Alex and Matt. She is of Czech descent through her great-grandfather.[1] As a child she loved basketball and aspired to play in the WNBA. She ran track and played basketball in high school, also running cross-country her freshman and sophomore years, but decided to quit and focus on basketball and track. She won the state 800 meter championship her Junior year.

College career[edit]

Uceny attended Cornell University and graduated in 2007 as a Four-Time All-American:[2] Indoor 800m (2006, 2007) & Outdoor 800m (2005, 2007).

Professional career[edit]

Uceny won the 2008 USA Indoor bronze medalist at 800m in 2:04.12 & 2010 USA Indoor champion mile in 4:19.46.[3]


Uceny started the 2011 season in spectacular fashion, winning the season title for the 1500m in the Brussels Diamond League, outsprinting a loaded field and setting the world leading time of 4:00.06, with a closing 400m of 61 seconds. At the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, she entered the 1500m final as the overwhelming favorite. With less than 500m to go, Uceny was tripped by Kenyan runner Hellen Obiri who had fallen, and ended up placing 10th in the final, well out of medal contention.[4][5] Despite the result, Uceny finished the 2011 season ranked No.1 in the world.[6][7]


Uceny won the 1500m final at the 2012 US track and field Olympic Trials, qualifying for her first Olympics. Uceny, Shannon Rowbury, and Jenny Simpson all qualified for the United States in the event. At the London Games, Uceny, along with Rowbury, made it to the final on August 10, but Uceny had misfortune once again. At the start of the final lap her left knee contacted the back-kicking left foot of the runner in front of her, Ekaterina Kostetskaya, and she fell hard onto the track as the pack moved on,[8] injuring her back and right side.[9] She did not finish the race and left the stadium in tears.[6] Fellow American Shannon Rowbury finished in sixth place.


US championship 1500m, Uceny once again made the final, but was clipped around halfway through the race and fell. Uceny ran 4:04.76 in the 1500 metres at the Paris Diamond League to redeem herself and this was her fastest time since 2012 summer. Returned home and still coached by Mahon.[10]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  United States
2007 Pan American Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 11th (h) 800 m 2:04.13
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 10th 1500 m 4:19.71
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom DNF 1500 m DNF


  1. ^ IAAF Relays bio
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  6. ^ a b Olympics 2012: Morgan Uceny falls during 1,500-meter final -, 10 August 2012
  7. ^ 2011 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 1500 metres
  8. ^ "U.S. runner Morgan Uceny falls during 1,500-meter final". USAToday. August 11, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ Creason, Tim (August 19, 2012). "Uceny Ponders Future After Heartbreaking Olympics". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
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