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Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

Event: High Jump
Height: 6-0
Weight: 155
PR: 2.37m/7-9.25 (2011)
Born: 12/27/1983
Current Residence: Eugene, Ore.
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
High School: Broughton (Raleigh, N.C.) H.S. '02
College: North Carolina State '03, Southern California '06
Coach: Cliff Rovelto
Agent: Jos Hermans
Sponsor: Nike
Club: Oregon TC Elite
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USA Championships
Two-time USA Outdoor champion - 2010 (2.26m/7-05); 2011 (2.37m/7-09.25)
Two-time USA Indoor champion - 2010 (2.34m/7-08); 2012 (2.29m/7-06)
2008 Olympic Trials champion (2.30m/7-06.50)
Two-time USA Indoor runner-up - 2008 (2.28m/7-05.75); 2009 (2.29m/7-06)
2005 USA Outdoor runner-up (2.27m/7-05.25)
Third at 2006 USA Indoors (2.22m/7-03.25)
 
International Championships
2011 World Outdoor Championships gold medalist (2.35m/7-08.5)
 
Collegiate Championships
2006 NCAA Indoor (2.29m-7-06) and Outdoor (2.32m/7-07.25) champion
2005 NCAA Outdoor champion (2.29m/7-06)
 
Awards and Honors
2011 Jesse Owens Award winner
2005 PAC-10 Men's Field Athlete of the Year
 
About Jesse
Jesse Williams has spent a majority of his career being ranked in the top 10 in the world and forever put his stamp on the high jump with his gold medal at the 2011 World Outdoor Championships. It was the first high jump medal by an American man at the World Championships since 1991 and the first global medal since Charles Austin won the 1996 Olympic Games. For his spectacular year Williams became the first ever high jumper to win the Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year award from USA Track & Field. He qualified for his first World Championships team in 2005; the same year he turned in a clutch performance at the DN Galan Meet in Stockholm when he set a then personal best performance of 2.30m/7-06.50. As he cleared the height on his second attempt, the public address announcer exclaimed "Welcome to Helsinki!" (the site of the 2005 World Outdoor Championships). Competing for Broughton HS in Raleigh, N.C., Williams set the state indoor and outdoor high jump records. He was fourth at the 2002 World Junior Championships. He also long jumped, hurdled and wrestled in high school and was fifth at the North Carolina state wrestling tournament as a senior.
Results
2013: 9th at USA Outdoors (2.20/7-2.50); 9th at Prefontaine (2.16/7-1); 2nd at Mt. SAC Relays (2.31/7-7)
2012: 9th at Olympic Games final (2.25m/7-4.25); 4th at Olympic Trials (2.28m/7-5.75); 1st at adidas Grand Prix (2.36m/7-8.75); 2nd at Rome (2.31m/7-7); 2nd at Doha (2.30m/7-6.5); 7th in Lausanne (2.24m/7-4.25); 9th in Birmingham (2.20m/7-2.5); 4th in Zurich (2.25m/7-4.25); USA Indoor champion (2.29m/7-6); 6th at World Indoor (2.31m/7-7); 1st at U.S. Open (2.29m/7-6); 1st at Millrose Games (2.32m/7-7.25)
2011: World Outdoor Championships gold medalist (2.35m/7-08.5); USA Outdoor champion (2.37m/7-09.25); 1st at Doha (2.33m/7-7.75); 3rd at Pre Classic (2.32m/7-7.25); 2nd at Stockholm (2.30m/7-6.5)
2010: USA Outdoor champion (2.26m/7-05); USA Indoor champion (2.34m/7-08); 2nd in Shanghai (2.24m/7-7.25); 2nd at Monaco (2.28m/7-5.75); 2nd at adidas Grand Prix (2.30m/7-6.50)
2009: 4th at USA Outdoors (2.28m/7-5.75); 1st at Eugene (2.34m/7-8); 2nd at Bansk√° Bystrica (2.36m/7-8.75); USA Indoor runner-up (2.29m/7-06)
2008: 8th in qualifying at Olympic Games (2.25m/7-04.5); 3rd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (2.25m/7-4.50); 6th at World Indoor Champs (2.27m/7-5.25); Olympic Trials champion (2.30m/7-06.50); USA Indoor runner-up (2.28m/7-05.75)
2007: 4th at USA Outdoor Championships (2.24m/7-4.25); 15th in qual. at World Outdoors (2.23m/7-3.75); 2nd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (2.30m/7-6.5); 1st in Los Angeles (2.33m/7-7.75); 1st at Athens (2.32m/7-7.25); 2nd at Drake Relays (2.30m/7-6.5); 1st at Belem (2.30m/7-6.5); 3rd at London (2.26m/7-5); 3rd at Stockholm (2.27m/7-5.25)
2006: 3rd at USA Indoor Champs (2.22m/7-3.25); 1st at NCAA Indoors (2.29m/7-6); 1st at NCAA Outdoors (2.32m/7-7.25); 5th at Stockholm (2.24m/7-4.25); 3rd at London (2.28m/7-5.75); Third at USA Indoors (2.22m/7-03.25)
2005: NCAA Outdoor champion (2.29m/7-06); Pac 10 Outdoor champ (2.28m/7-5.75); 2nd at Stockholm (2.30m/7-6.5); USA Outdoor runner-up (2.27m/7-05.25)
2004: 7th at NCAA Indoors (2.17m/7-1.5); 15th at NCAA Outdoors (2.14m/7-0.25); 1st at UCLA dual meet (2.21m/7-3)
2003: Runner-up at NCAA Indoors (2.17m/7-1.5);7th at NCAA Outdoors (2.18m/7-1.75); No-height at USA Outdoors
2002: Runner-up at USA Junior Champs (2.71m/7-1.5); tied for 4th at World Junior Champs (2.21m/7-3); 1st at National Scholastic Champs
 
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2013: 
Indoor bests - 2.23/7-4¼ (No. 13 in the USA); Outdoor bests - 2.31/7-7 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 17 in the World, ranked No. 6 in the US by T&FN)
2012: Indoor bests - 2.32m/7-7.25 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 7 in the world); Outdoor bests - 2.36m/7-8.75 (No. 1 in the USA by T&FN, No. 5 in the world, No. 4 in the world by T&FN)
2011: Indoor bests - 2.34m/7-08 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 2 in the world); Outdoor bests - 2.37m/7-09.25 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world by T&FN)
2010: Indoor bests - 2.34m/7-08 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 2 in the world); Outdoor bests - 2.30m/7-06.50 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 12 in the world, ranked No. 1 in the USA & ranked No. 2 in the world by T&FN)
2009: Indoor bests - 2.36m/7-08.75 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 3 in the world); Outdoor bests -  2.34m/7-08 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 4 in the world by T&FN, ranked No. 1 in the USA by T&FN)
2008: Indoor bests - 2.32m/7-07.25 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 8 in the world); Outdoor bests -2.30m/7-06.50 (No. 5 in the USA, No. 24 in the world, ranked No. 1 in the USA & ranked No. 6 in the world by T&FN)
2007: Outdoor bests - 2.33m/7-07.75 (No. 1 in the USA by T&FN, No. 7 in the world, ranked No. 8 in the world by T&FN)
2006: Indoor bests - 2.29m/7-06 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 18 in the world); Outdoor bests -  2.32m/7-07.25 (No. 2 in the USA by T&FN, No. 10 in the world, ranked No. 9 in the world by T&FN)
2005: Indoor bests - 2.26m/7-05 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 32 in the world): Outdoor bests -  2.30m/7-06.50 (No. 4 in the USA, No. 22 in the world, ranked No. 2 in the USA by T&FN)
2004: Best of 2.21m/7-03
2003: Best of 2.24m/7-04.25
2002: Best of 2.21m/7-03
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