Shane Niemi (born June 2, 1978 in Kamloops, British Columbia is a retired Canadian sprints athlete. As a 17 year old he took the bronze medal in the 400 metres at the 1995 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships behind Obea Moore's still standing World Youth Best. The same three athletes (Jerome Young in silver position) finished in the same order at the 1996 World Junior Championships in Athletics. He returned to the 1997 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships to take the gold medal in the event. He was not able to make the qualifying standard for the 2000 Olympics.[1] He ran his personal record, the Canadian record, 44.86 at the 2001 Jeux de la Francophonie (French Games) on home soil in Ottawa to take gold. He didn't have the same magic at the home field 2001 World Championships in Athletics but the following year took silver in a tight battle at the 2002 Commonwealth Games beating the world champion Avard Moncur.[2][3] He won six straight Canadian championships between 1998 and 2003. Unable to make the qualifying mark to the 2004 Olympics, he retired in late 2004.[4]

Competition recordEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Canada
1995 Pan American Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 3rd 400 m 46.69
4th 4 × 400 m relay 3:13.85
1996 World Junior Championships Sydney, Australia 3rd 400 m 45.94
10th (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:12.03
1997 Pan American Junior Championships Havana, Cuba 1st 400 m 45.83
4th 4 × 100 m relay 40.85
4th 4 × 400 m relay 3:12.27
1998 Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (qf) 400 m 46.17
8th 4 × 400 m relay 3:04.84
1999 Pan American Games Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 10th (h) 400 m 45.81
5th 4 × 400 m relay 3:03.06
World Championships Seville, Spain 30th (qf) 400 m 46.57
16th (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:05.60
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 20th (h) 400 m 47.80
Jeux de la Francophonie Ottawa-Hull, Canada 1st 400 m 44.86
World Championships Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 15th (sf) 400 m 45.91
20th (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:04.87
2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester, United Kingdom 2nd 400 m 45.09
2003 Pan American Games Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 5th 400 m 45.78
World Championships Paris, France 17th (sf) 400 m 45.60
9th (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:02.97

He holds the current BC high school track and field 400m record of 46.8 in 1996 while he was attending Westsyde Secondary School in Kamloops.[5]

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