Nia Ali

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Nia Ali
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Personal information
Full name Nia Sifaatihii Ali
Nationality American
Born (1988-10-23) October 23, 1988 (age 29)
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Sport
Sport Athletics running
Event(s) 100 metres hurdles
College team USC Trojans
Team Nike
Turned pro 2011
Coached by Ryan Wilson
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals 2016
Personal best(s) 100 metres hurdles: 12.48

Nia Ali (born October 23, 1988) is an American track and field athlete, who specializes in the 100 m hurdles, heptathlon, and other events.

Raised in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Ali moved to Pleasantville, New Jersey for her senior year and graduated from Pleasantville High School in 2006.[1]

NCAA

In college Ali was the 2011 NCAA leader and NCAA champion for the USC Trojans in the 100 m hurdles in a time of (2.1w) 12.63.[2] Ali formerly competed for the Tennessee Volunteers (then the Lady Volunteers) where she was Southeastern Conference champion in the heptathlon and at USC she was an All-American in the heptathlon.[3]

Professional

Nia Ali with her son after winning the 2016 World Indoor Championships

Ali was selected to represent the U.S. in Shenzhen, China for the World University Games where she won the Gold Medal in a time of 12.85.

At the 2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Ali took third in the 100 m hurdles to qualify for the 2013 World Championships in Athletics.[2] At the World Championships, Ali was a semi-finalist in the 100 m hurdles, ultimately finishing 10th.[4]

At the 2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Ali took eighth in the 100 m hurdles.[5]

She won the 60 meters hurdles at the 2013 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico in a personal best of 7.93 and repeated the year later with a new personal best of 7.80,[6] which also qualified her for the 2014 World Indoor Championships where she took the gold medal running 7.80 a second time.

In 2015, Nia took a year off to give birth to her son.[7]

She returned to the 2016 World Indoor Championships to successfully defend her gold medal. After winning, she carried her son on the victory lap.

Ali placed third in the 100 hurdles in a time of 12.55 at the 2016 United States Olympic Trials behind Team USA teammates Brianna Rollins, Kristi Castlin to qualify to represent the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.[8] Later that year she won the silver medal at the Olympics. The United States was the first country to win gold, silver, and bronze in the women's 100 hurdles in one Olympics in 2016; this was also the first time American women achieved such a sweep in any Olympic event.[9]

She had a daughter, born June 2018, with Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse.[10]

References

  1. ^ McGarry, Michael. "Pleasantville grad Nia Ali overcame adversity to make Olympic team", The Press of Atlantic City, July 30, 2016. Accessed August 10, 2016. "The 2006 Pleasantville High School graduate will compete in the 100-meter hurdles when the Olympics begin in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.... Ali moved to Pleasantville for her senior year of high school."
  2. ^ a b Boal, Eric (2013-06-22). "TRACK AND FIELD: USC graduate Nia Ali clears big hurdle, off to World Championships". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 2016-04-16. 
  3. ^ "Nia Ali Bio". University of Southern California Official Athletic Site. Archived from the original on 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2016-04-16. 
  4. ^ "Brown Wins Bronze At IAAF World Track & Field Championships". www.usctrojans.com. 2013-08-18. Retrieved 2016-04-16. 
  5. ^ "2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships – Track & Field Women's 100 meters hurdles". usatf.org. June 29, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2016. 
  6. ^ http://www.usatf.org/statistics/USA-Champions/USAIndoorTF/women/60mH.aspx
  7. ^ "Pleasantville grad Nia Ali has eyes on Olympics and raising newborn". pressofatlanticcity.com. April 16, 2016. Retrieved July 8, 2016. 
  8. ^ "2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field Men's steeplechase". usatf.org. July 8, 2016. Retrieved July 8, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: US women sweep medals in 100m hurdles - BBC News". Bbc.com. 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  10. ^ "Andre De Grasse and Nia Ali's baby girl born Saturday". Canadian Running Magazine. Retrieved 2018-06-26. 

External links

  • Nia Ali profile at IAAF
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