Shana Cox

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Shana Cox
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Shana Cox (right)
Personal information
Birth name Shana Amanda Cox
Born (1985-01-22) January 22, 1985 (age 32)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Penn State
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb)
Country  Great Britain
 United States
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 400 metres
4×400 m relay

Shana Amanda Cox (born January 22, 1985)[1] is an American-born track and field athlete, who competes internationally for Great Britain since 2011. She specialises in the 200 metres and 400 metres.

Cox was born in Brooklyn, New York to parents of British descent.[2][3] Growing up in Long Island, New York, she attended Trinity Lutheran School in Hicksville, New York, as well as the Holy Trinity Diocesan High School and Penn State. In her senior year at college, she won the 400 metres and 4x400 metres relay at the 2008 NCAA Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championship.[4]

In 2011, the International Association of Athletics Federations approved Cox's transfer of allegiance from the US to Great Britain, the birthplace of both her parents.[5]

Competing in her first major competition for Great Britain, Cox won a gold medal in the women's 4x400 metres relay at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, as part of a team that also included Nicola Sanders, Christine Ohuruogu and Perri Shakes-Drayton.

On November 9, 2013, she married Michael Bingham, also an American-born sprinter representing Great Britain.[2]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
2003 Pan American Junior Championships Bridgetown, Barbados 3rd 200 metres 23.39
2004 World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 5th 200m 23.63 (wind: -0.2 m/s)
2006 NACAC Under-23 Championships Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 1st 400 metres 51.15
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:29.05
Representing  United Kingdom
2011 European Team Championships Stockholm, Sweden 3rd 400 metres 51.49
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 5th 400 metres 52.13
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:28.76
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 7th (sf) 400 metres 52.58
5th 4 × 400 m relay 3:24.76
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 3rd 4 × 400 m relay 3:22.61
2014 European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 3rd 4 × 400 m relay 3:24.34

Personal bests[edit]

Event Best Location Date
200 metres 23.15 s Champaign, United States May 18, 2008
400 metres 50.84 s Tallahassee, United States May 31, 2008
200 metres (indoor) 23.48 s State College, United States January 29, 2005
400 metres (indoor) 52.13 s Istanbul, Turkey March 10, 2012

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Shana Cox". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. 
  2. ^ a b IAAF Relays bio
  3. ^ Shana Cox. Glasgow2014. Retrieved on September 17, 2014.
  4. ^ Pfeifer, Jack (June 15, 2008). Holy Trinity grad Shana Cox wins 2 NCAA titles. MileSplit. Retrieved on 2012-06-05.
  5. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (April 21, 2011). Shana Cox cleared to compete for GB. Athletics Weekly. Retrieved on 2012-06-05.
Preceded by
Kseniya Zadorina
Kseniya Vdovina
Yelena Migunova
Olesya Forsheva
European Indoor Champion in 4 x 400m relay
representing  Great Britain
Eilidh Child
Shana Cox
Perri Shakes-Drayton

Succeeded by
Floria Guei
Elea Mariama Diarra
Agnes Raharolahy
Marie Gayot