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Kellie Wells

Kellie Wells

Event: 100m Hurdles
Height: 5-3
Weight: 126
PR: 100mH - 12.50 (2011); 60mH—7.79 (2011)
Born: 07/16/1982
Current Residence: Orlando, Fla.
Hometown:
High School: James River HS ‘02
College: Hampton Uniersity '06
Coach: Dennis Mitchell
Agent: Robert Wagner
Sponsor: Nike
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USA Championships
2011 USA Indoor (7.79) and Outdoor (12.50) champion
Two-time Outdoor Championships runner-up  - 2010 (12.84); 2012 (12.77)
2008 USA Indoor Championships bronze medalist  (8.02)

International Championships
2012 Olympic bronze medalist (12.48)

Awards and Honors
Two-time All-American at Hampton University

About Kellie
Wells won Olympic bronze in 2012 to add a fairytale ending to her heartbreaking injury at the 2008 Olympic Trials where she was unable to compete in the finals due to a hamstring tear. Wells made an impressive comeback in 2011 by winning her first outdoor and indoor national titles, and dominating the top marks lists. Wells’ winning time of 7.79 at the 2011 USA Indoor Championships was the No. 1 time in the world for the year, and at the time gave her the nine fastest times in the world. In the summer of 2011, Wells also went public with another heartbreaking struggle she faced – being sexually abused by her mother’s boyfriend. Wells moved out of the abusive house in the 10th grade and a few weeks later her mother passed away in a car accident. Wells unknowingly drove past the accident site on her way home, not realizing her mother was in the wrecked car.
Results
2013: 5th at Brussels (12.78); 3rd at London (12.95); 3rd at Monaco (12.70); 2nd at Lausanne (12.58); 2nd at Birmingham (12.67); 4th at USA Outdoors (12.54); 1st at Beijing (12.87): 2nd at Doha (12.73); 3rd at Drake Relays (12.78)
2012: 6th at Zagreb (13.44); 1st at Berlin (12.72); 3rd at Zurich (12.69); 3rd at Linz (12.83); 2nd at Stockholm (12.76); 3rd at Olympic Games (12.48); 1st at London (12.57); 2nd at Olympic Trials (12.77); 1st at Clearmont (12.78); 2nd at Rome (12.67); 1st at Hengelo (12.81); 2nd at Daegu (12.66); 2nd at Doha (12.72); 3rd at U.S. Open 50mH (6.84)
2011: 3rd in Bruselles (12.77); 4th in Zurich (12.85); DNF at World Outdoors, placed 2nd in semifinal heat (12.79); 2nd at Monaco (12.58); 1st at Lignano (12.81); 4th at Birmingham (12.80); 1st at USA Outdoors (12.50); 2nd at New York Grand Prix (13.06); 1st at Gainesville (12.35w); 1st at USA Indoor (7.79); 1st at Birmingham (7.87); 1st at Dusseldorf (7.89)
2010: 6th at Luzern (12.960; 6th at Monaco (12.90); 6th at Lausanne (12.93); 2nd at USA Outdoor (12.84); 7th at Oslo (13.00); 6th at USA Indoor Champs (7.98)
2009: 2nd at Florida Relays (13.01); limited competition
2008:  2nd in semi-finals of Olympic Trials (12.58); qualified for finals but unable to compete due to injury; 2nd at Moscow (12.81); 5th at Berlin (12.72); 3rd at USA Indoor (8.02); 2nd at Birmingham (8.05); 4th at Dusseldorf (8.00)
2007: 5th at Monaco (13.15); 1st at Lignano (13.16); 5th in semifinal heat at USA Outdoors (13.26); 1st at Bydogszcz (12.93); 9th at adidas Track Classic (13.17); 5th at USA Indoor (8.12); 3rd at Boston Indoor Games (8.11).
2006:  12th in semifinal heat of USA Outdoor (13.29); 6th at New York Grand Prix (13.25); 4th at MEAC Outdoor (13.97); 6th at NCAA Indoor (8.08); 1st at MEAC Indoor (8.08); 5th at Millrose Games (8.23)
2005: 5th at NCAA Indoor (8.12); 4th at USA Indoor (8.23); 5th at Millrose Games (8.14)
2004: 1st at MEAC Outdoor (13.77); 1st at MEAC Indoor (8.40)

USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2013: Outdoor Bests - 100m Hurdles, 12.54 (No. 7 in the USA, No. 7 in the World, No. 5 in the World by T&FN)
2012: Indoor bests - 50mH, 6.84 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 4 in the world); Outdoor bests - 100mH, 12.48 (No. 2 in the USA by T&FN, No. 2 in the world, No. 3 in the world by T&FN)
2011: Indoor bests – 60mH, 7.79 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world); Outdoor bests – 100mH, 12.50 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 4 in the world by T&FN)
2010: Indoor bests – 60mH, 7.98 (No. 8 in the USA, No. 18 in the world); Outdoor bests – 100mH, 12.84 (No. 9 in the USA, No. 23 in the world, ranked No. 6 in the USA by T&FN)
2009: Indoor bests – 60mH, 8.10 (No. 14 in the USA, No. 38 in the world); Outdoor bests – 100mH, 13.01 (No. 16 in the USA, No. 44 in the world)
2008: Indoor bests – 60mH, 8.00 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 19 in the world); Outdoor bests – 100mH, 12.58 (No. 5 in the USA, No. 10 in the world)
2007: Indoor bests – 60mH, 8.11; Outdoor bests – 100mH, 12.93 (No. 14 in the USA, No. 33 in the world)
2006: Indoor bests – 60mH, 8.08 (No. 13 in the USA, No. 38 in the world); Outdoor bests – 100mH, 13.25
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