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Francena McCorory

Francena McCorory

Event: 400m
Height: 5-7
Weight: 132
PR: 49.86 (2013)
Born: 10/20/1988
Current Residence: Hampton, Va.
Hometown: Hampton, Va.
High School: Bethel H.S. ‘06
College: Hampton University ‘10
Coach: Maurice Pierce
Agent: John Regis
Sponsor: adidas
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USA Championships
2014 USA Outdoor champion (49.48)
2014 USA Indoor champion (50.85)
Three-time USA Outdoor runner-up – 2010 (50.52); 2011 (50.49); 2013 (50.01)
3rd at 2012 U.S. Trials (50.43)
 
International Championships
2014 World Indoor 400m gold medalist (51.12)
2012 Olympic 4x400m gold medalist (3:16.87)
2011 World Outdoor 4x400m gold medalist (3:18.09)
2013 World Outdoor 4x400m silver medalist (3:20.41)
 
Collegiate Championships
2010 NCAA Indoor (50.54) and Outdoor 400m champion (50.69)
2009 NCAA Indoor champion, 400m (51.55)
 
Awards and Honors
American indoor 400m record holder (50.54)
 
About Francena
In 2014 McCorory finally captured a national title by taking gold at the USA Indoor Championships. She parlayed that success into her first individual international gold with a 400m at the World Indoor Championships in Sopot. The 2013 season saw McCorory narrowly miss out -- yet again -- on gold at the USA Outdoor Championships. Her time of 50.01 was good enough for silver, her third 400m silver medal in the past four years. Displaying natural talent from a young age, McCorory established the American indoor 400m record in 2010 at the age of 22 and the next year made the 2011 World Outdoor Championships final, in the process qualifying for her first Olympic Team in 2012 where she went on to win gold as a member of the 4x400m team. McCorory's 2010 record run won her second straight NCAA title competing for Hampton University. The time eclipsed Diane Dixon's 19-year-old record of 50.64, set in 1991. It also surpassed Natasha Hastings collegiate record of 50.80 from 2007. McCorory has eight siblings, and still lives and trains in her hometown of Hampton, Va., with her college coach. She majored in psychology and plans to become a mortician and own several funeral homes.
Results
2014:
 1st at USA Indoors (50.95); 1st at World Indoors (51.12); 1st at World Indoors 4x400m (3:24.83); 4th at Shanghai (50.57); 2nd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (50.53); 1st at adidas Grand Prix (50.15); 1st at USA Outdoors (49.48); 1st at Edmonton (50.43); 1st at Glasgow (49.93)
2013: 4th at Brussels (50.77); 1st at Stockholm (51.03); 2nd at World Outdoor 4x400m (3:20.41), 6th in 400m (50.68); 2nd at London (50.13); 3rd at Monaco (49.96); 1st at Lausanne (50.36); 2nd at USA Outdoors (50.01); 2nd at Rome (50.05); 2nd at Pre Classic (50.37); 3rd at adidas Grand Prix 400m (51.06); 4th at Doha 400m (50.58); 1st at Penn Relays 4x400m (3:22.66)
2012: 5th at Zurich (51.09); 3rd at Birmingham (51.00); 5th at Stockholm (51.08); 1st at Olympic Games 4x400m (3:16.87), 7th in 400 (50.33); 3rd at Paris (50.27); 3rd at U.S. Trials (50.43); 1st at Adidas Grand Prix (50.06); 4th at Pre Classic (50.41); 5th at Ostrava in 200m (23.53); 1st at Norfolk State Relays in 200m (23.25); 1st at Florida Relays (51.56).
2011: World Outdoor 4x400m gold medalist (3:18.09) and Fourth in 400m (50.45); USA Outdoor runner-up (50.49); 2nd at Monaco (50.29); 3rd at the Golden Gala (50.70).
2010: USA Outdoor runner-up (50.52); NCAA Outdoor champion (50.69); NCAA Indoor champion (50.54iAR); 3rd at Stockholm (50.66); 1st at Florida Relays. (22.92).
2009: 3rd at NCAA Outdoor Champs (50.58); NCAA Indoor champion (51.55i); 1st at NCAA East Regionals (52.00); 1st at MEAC Champs (51.75).
2008: 6th in heat 1 at Olympic Trials (57.73); 1st at MEAC Champs (51.54).
 
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2014:
Indoor bests - 300m, 36.50, 400m, 50.85, 4x400m, 3:24.83; Outdoor bests - 400m, 49.48
2013: Indoor bests - 400m, 52.20 (No. 8 in the USA); 600m, 1:29.07 (No. 4 in the USA); Outdoor bests - 400m 49.86 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 5 in the World, No. 5 in the World by T&FN)
2012: Outdoor bests - 400m, 50.06 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 10 in the world, ranked No. 2 in the USA, No. 5 in the world by T&FN)
2011: Outdoor bests – 400m, 50.24 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 8 in the world, ranked No. 2 in the USA & ranked No. 4 in the world by T&FN)
2010: Indoor bests – 400m, 50.54 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world); Outdoor bests – 400m, 50.52 (No. 3 in the USA by T&FN, No. 11 in the world, ranked No. 8 in the world by T&FN)
2009: Indoor bests – 400m, 51.55 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 3 in the world); Outdoor bests – 400m, 50.58 (No. 7 in the USA, No. 17 in the world)
2008: Indoor bests – 400m, 54.74; Outdoor bests – 400m, 51.54 (No. 11 in the USA)
2007: Indoor bests – 400m, 54.88
2006: Indoor bests – 400m, 51.93 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 18 in the world)
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