Friday, August 01, 2014

Babe of the Month - Aussie track athlete Michelle Jenneke

Michelle "Shelly" Jenneke was born on 23rd June 1993 in Kenthurst, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales with a population of around 5,000, and the 21 year-old is an Australian 100m hurdler and model.

In June she was selected to represent 'Team Australia' at the 2014 Commonwealth Games being held in Glasgow, and it will be her 'major championship' debut.

Michelle received worldwide media attention in 2012 for her pre-race warm-up before the 100m hurdles race at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships in Athletics in Barcelona - as seen in the video below.
She was one of the athletes featured in the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

In 2014 Jenneke was featured in a video-heavy mobile computing app on stretching techniques called:  'Stretch! with Michelle Jenneke.'

Michelle has trained with coach Mick Zisti as a hurdler from the age of 10 at the Cherrybrook Athletics Club. She competed at the Canberra hosted 2008 Pacific School Games in the 90 and 200 metres hurdles.

In March 2010, Jenneke finished 1st in the 100m hurdles and broke the Australian record in the women's sprint medley relay at the 2010 Australian Junior Championships.

Michelle Jenneke at the Junior World Championships in Barcelona in July 2012

In July 2010, Jenneke was in Australia's team at the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games, running the 100m hurdles and the women's medley relay.
In the hurdles, she came second with a time of 13.56 and setting a personal best after winning her heat, and the medley relay team came fourth. Her medal was the first Australia won at the Games in athletics.

At the 2011 Australian Junior Championships, she had a first place hurdles finish in the under-20 group.

In April 2011 she competed at the 89th Australian Athletics Championships and finished third in the 100m hurdles behind world champion Sally Pearson.

On 15th July 2012, Jenneke finished fifth in the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships 100m hurdles.

Michelle recorded a personal best time of 13.23 on her way to winning the 100m hurdles at the Queensland Track Classic in Brisbane in March this year.

Michelle inside Hampden Park, where she'll be competing in the 100m hurdles final today!

                      You can follow Michelle on TwitterFacebookInstagram and on her website

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