Michelle Perry

Michelle Perry (born 1 May 1979 in Los Angeles, California) is an American athlete. At the 2004 Summer Olympics she placed 14th overall in the heptathlon competition. Later, at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics, she earned a gold medal in the 100 m hurdles with a time of 12.66 seconds. Her current personal record in the event is 12.43 seconds.

Michelle Perry
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Michelle Perry after winning the women's 100 metres hurdles
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing the  United States
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2005 Helsinki 100 m hurdles
Gold medal – first place 2007 Osaka 100 m hurdles

Perry attended Quartz Hill High School in Lancaster, California and finished second in the 1997 CIF California State Meet in the Long jump.[1]

At the 2007 World Championships in Athletics in Osaka, Japan she successfully defended her title with another 100 m hurdles gold medal performance; winning in a time of 12.46 seconds.[2] The result was surrounded by some debate since she ran on the next lane (Susanna Kallur's lane) and some think she made contact with the Swede over the last hurdle. Despite television evidence, there was no official decision as the Swedish protest was filed too late.[3][4]

Perry missed out on a spot for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but made the team for the 2009 World Championships in Athletics. However, she was unable to defend her title as she entered the competition with a knee injury and was eliminated in the first round.[5] She missed the 2010 and 2011 seasons due to injury and pregnancy.[6]

Audio interviewsEdit


  1. ^ Dyestat results Archived 2005-04-01 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Perry, Lagat win gold with strong finishes". TheFinalSprint.com. 29 August 2007. Archived from the original on 2 September 2007.
  3. ^ "Kallur in pursuit of record wishes for a longer season - The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games". En.beijing2008.cn. Archived from the original on 2014-04-29. Retrieved 2014-04-29.
  4. ^ "100m haies". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-04-29.
  5. ^ Landells, Steve (2009-08-18). Event Report - Women's 100m Hurdles - Heats Archived 2012-06-07 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  6. ^ Lee, Kirby (2012-04-22). World leads by Reese and Aarrass highlight Mt Sac Relays. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
  Joanna Hayes
Women's 100m Hurdles Best Year Performance
2005 — 2007
Succeeded by
  Lolo Jones