Nikkita Holder

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Nikkita Holder
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Nikkita Holder at "Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern" 2012, Lucerne, Switzerland
Personal information
Nationality Canadian
Born (1987-05-07) 7 May 1987 (age 31)
East York, Ontario
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Weight 59 kg (130 lb)
Sport 100 m hurdles
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 100 m hurdles: 12.80 Calgary, 2012

Nikkita Holder (born May 7, 1987 in East York, Ontario) is a Canadian track and field athlete of Barbadian descent who specialises in the 100 metres hurdles. Holder won the bronze medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in her home country and city in Toronto.


Holder competed at the 2015 Pan American Games. This event took place just one month after her father's death, in the finals she ran toward a bronze setting a season's best at 12.85. After the race she said "Since he’s passed, right before I race I kind of have this moment when I get teary-eyed. It kind of lets me know that he’s here. Getting this medal is a confirmation of my training, how hard I’ve worked emotionally and physically. I’m pretty pleased with myself."[2]

In July 2016 she was officially named to Canada's Olympic team.[3]


She was married to fellow national track and sprinter Justyn Warner, together they have one child.[4]


In 2012 Holder was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.[5]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Canada
2006 World Junior Championships Beijing, China 12th (sf) 100m hurdles 13.94 (wind: -1.6 m/s)
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 6th 100 m hurdles 12.93
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 6th 60 m hurdles 8.09
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 16th (sf) 100 m hurdles 13.00
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 20th (h) 100 m hurdles 12.921

1Disqualified in the semifinals


  1. ^ Rio 2016 bio
  2. ^ Sean Fitz-Gerald (July 21, 2015). "Canada's Nikkita Holder earns bronze in 100-metre hurdles at Pan Am Games just a month after father's death". National Post. 
  3. ^ Hossain, Asif (11 July 2016). "Athletics Canada nominates largest squad to Team Canada for Rio". Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Canadian hurdler Nikkita Holder announces she's pregnant". CBC News. May 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Olympic and Paralympic athletes to receive Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal". Official Canadian Olympic Team Website | Team Canada | 2016 Olympic Games. 19 December 2012. Archived from the original on 19 May 2017. Retrieved 3 June 2017. 

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