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Timothy Lamont "TJ" Holmes (born July 2, 1995) is an American male track and field athlete who specializes in the 400-meter hurdles.

Born in St. Petersburg, Florida to Terrell Holmes and Elizabeth Carswell, he attended Lakewood High School and took up hurdling while there. He went on to attend Baylor University, studying sports medicine.[1]

He transferred to University of Florida for the start of the 2014/15 academic year back to his home state and joined the Florida Gators track and field. While at Baylor he was an NCAA finalist in the 400m hurdles and the 4 × 400-meter relay. Holmes also received a bronze medal at the 2014 World Junior Championships held in Eugene, Oregon.[2] At Florida, he completed a hurdles 1–2 at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships behind teammate Eric Futch.[3]

Third place at the 2017 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships led to his global senior debut at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics,[4] where he finished in fifth place in a time of 49.00 seconds.

In 2018, Holmes made his debut on the professional circuit (placing 4th in each Diamond League race), which qualified him to compete in the Diamond League Final. Due to injury, he finished last and discontinued the rest of his season. After an amazing 2018 season, Holmes was ranked #1 in the U.S and #6 in the World, according to Track and Field News.

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2014 World Junior Championships Eugene, United States 3rd 400 m hurdles 50.07
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 5th 400 m hurdles 49.00
2018 NACAC Championships Toronto, Canada 5th 400 m hurdles 49.79

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ TJ Holmes. Baylor Bears. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  2. ^ Grasely, Todd (2014-08-01). Bye Bye Baylor: TJ Holmes Coming Home, Transfers To Florida. Mile Split. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  3. ^ Clark, Cierra (2017-06-08). Florida Track and Field Competes at the NCAA Championships. WRUF. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  4. ^ USATF Championships - 6/22/2017 to 6/25/2017 Hornets Stadium, Sacramento Results. USATF. Retrieved on 2017-06-13.

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