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Damu Cherry

Damu Cherry

Event: 100m Hurdles
Height: 5-4
Weight: 130
PR: 12.44 (2006)
Born: 11/29/1977
Current Residence: Winter Garden, Fla.
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High School: Leto (Tampa, Fla.) HS '96
College: University of South Florida '00
Coach: Dennis Mitchell
Agent: Kimberly Holland
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Cherry in 2008 qualified for her first Olympic Team and placed fourth in Beijing in 12.65. She was second at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, and posted two of the four fastest 100m hurdles times in the world with her win in Fort-de-France on May 8 in 12.47 seconds, and her time of 12.48 in winning her semifinal at the Olympic Trials on July 7. Her finest season to date was in 2006, when she was the runner-up at the USA Outdoor Championships and finished the campaign ranked #3 in the world (#2 U.S.) by Track & Field News…married to her coach, Dennis Mitchell.
2010: 3rd at USA Outdoors (12.86)…3rd at USA Indoors (7.90)…1st at Drake Relays (12.65)…1st at Baie Mahault (12.74)…1st at Heusden (12.67)…2nd at DecaNation (13.31)…ranked #5 in the world, #2 U.S. by T&FN…best of 12.65.
2009: 3rd in semifinal at World Outdoors (12.76)…3rd at USA Outdoor Champs (12.58w)…2nd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (12.74)…2nd at Doha (12.72)…1st at Berlin (12.71)…1st at Oslo (12.68)…2nd at Rethymno (12.53)…ranked #7 in the world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN…best of 12.53.
2008: 4th at Olympic Games (12.65), 1st in semifinal (12.62)...2nd at Olympic Trials (12.58), 1st in semifinal (12.48)...1st at Martinique (12.47)...5th at adidas Track Classic (12.79)...ranked #8 in the world (#3 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 12.47.
2007: 5th at USA Outdoors (12.89)...1st at Monaco (12.74)...7th at Nike Prefontaine Classic (13.11)...1st at Zagreb (12.85)...3rd at Lausanne (12.94)...ranked #7 in the U.S. by T&FN…best of 12.74.
2006: USA Outdoor runner-up (12.64)…USA Indoors runner-up (7.95)…2nd at IAAF World Athletics Final (12.56)…2nd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (12.64)…2nd at Lausanne (12.44)…1st at Helsinki (12.66)…1st at Saskatoon (8.08i)…ranked # 3 in the world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN…best of 12.44. 
2005: no results; doping suspension 
2004: no results; doping suspension 
2003: no results; doping suspension 
2002: ranked # 7 in the U.S. by T&FN…best of 12.98.
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