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Lashinda Demus

Lashinda Demus

Event: 400m Hurdles
Height: 5-7
Weight: 136
PR: 52.47 (2012)
Born: 03/10/1983
Current Residence: Palmdale, Calif.
Hometown: Long Beach, Calif.
High School: Woodrow Wilson (Long Beach, Calif.) H.S. '01
College: South Carolina '05
Coach: Yolanda Rich
Agent: Jamel Mayrant
Sponsor: Nike
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USA Championships
Four-time USA Outdoor 400mH champion – 2005 (53.35); 2006 (53.07); 2011 (54.21); 2012 (53.98)
2002 USA Junior champion (56.35)
 
International Championships
2012 Olympic silver medalist (52.77)
2011 World Outdoor gold medalist (52.47)
Two-time World Outdoor 400mH silver medalist – 2005 (53.27); 2009 (52.96)
2013 World Outdoor bronze medalist (54.27)
2009 World Outdoor 4x400m gold medalist (3rd leg, 3:17.83)
2002 World Junior champion (54.70)
1999 Pan Am junior champion
 
Collegiate Championships
2002 NCAA Outdoor champion (54.85)
2003 NCAA Indoor 400m champion (51.79)
 
Awards and Honors
World Junior record holder (54.70)
American record holder (52.47)
2006 Outdoor Visa champion
 
About Lashinda
Demus has been a fixture among the nation’s top hurdlers for nearly a decade. Now at the peak of her career and a mother of twin boys, she enjoys the support of her mother, who is her coach, and her husband, who serves as her agent. At the 2008 Olympic Trials she went from first to fourth in the final stretch, not quite at full strength since giving birth to her boys in June 2007. Since then Demus has been on a roll with a world title and American record in 2011 and Olympic silver in 2012. As a South Carolina freshman in 2002, Demus anchored the Gamecocks 4x400m relay squad of Tiffany Ross, Tacita Bass and Demetria Washington to the 2002 NCAA title in collegiate record time of 3:26.46. She departed the South Carolina team during the 2003 season. A sensational high school athlete, Demus was named a 2001 Track and Field News All-American in five events (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 4x1, 4x4, sprint medley). She set the national record in the 300m hurdles (39.00). Twins run in her family - her grandfather is a twin, and his mother had 20 children total, with four sets of twins.
Results
2014:
 3rd at Drake Relays (55.97); 4th at Doha (55.67); 5th at USA Outdoors (55.17)
2013: 3rd at World Outdoor (54.27); 5th at Oslo (54.69); 5th at Eugene (55.25); 6th at Shanghai (55.12); 6th at Shanghai (55.12)
2012: 2nd at Olympic Games (52.77); 2nd at Monaco (54.60); 1st at Olympic Trials (53.98); 2nd at Rome (54.80); 6th at Ostrava (57.43); 7th at Oxy Invite 800m (2:07.49)
2011: World Outdoor gold medalist (52.47AR); USA Outdoors champion in the 400m hurdles (54.21); 1st at Luzern (54.18); 1st at Pre Classic (53.31); 2nd at Shanghai (54.58).
2010: 1st at Pre Classic in 400m hurdles (53.78); 1st at Rome (52.82); 1st at Shanghai (53.34); 4th at Monaco (54.54); 1st at Mt. Sac Relays in the 400m (51.40); 5th at Oslo in the 400m (51.09PR).
2009: World Outdoor silver medalist (52.96), 4x400m gold medalist (3rd leg, 3:17.83); USA Outdoor champion (53.78); 1st at Baie Mahault (54.17); 1st at Rethymno (54.29); 1st at Monaco (52.63); 1st at London (53.65).
2008: 4th at Olympic Trials (54.76); 6th at World Athletics Final (55.44); 1st at Reebok Grand Prix (55.17); 1st at Fort-de-France (53.99); 1st at Kingston (54.83).
2007: did not compete (maternity).
2006: USA Outdoor champion (53.07); 1st at Meeting Gaz de France Paris Saint-Denis (53.76); 1st at Golden Gala (53.51); 1st at Athens Super Grand Prix (53.02); 1st at World Athletics Final (53.42); 2nd at IAAF World Cup (54.06).
2005: World Outdoor Championships 400mH silver medalist (53.27); USA Outdoor champion (53.35); 1st at Rio (54.60); 1st at Belem (53.56); 1st at Paris (53.85); 1st at Rome (53.68); 3rd at Oslo 400mH (54.59); 2nd at Zurich (53.83); 1st at Brussels (53.61); 1st at World Athletics Final (53.37); 6th in 400m at Nike Prefontaine Classic (51.92); 1st at Fortaleza (54.36).
2004: 3rd at Olympic Trials 400mH (53.43); 5th in semi finals at Olympic Games (54.32); NCAA Outdoors runner-up (54.22); NCAA Outdoors 4x400m relay runner-up (2nd leg - 3:28.09); 5th in 400m at NCAA Indoors (51.63i); 3rd at NCAA Indoors 4x400m relay (anchor - 3:30.27i); 1st in 400m at Atlanta (51.70); 1st in 400mH at Columbia, S.C. (54.87); 3rd in 100mH at SEC Championships (13.08); SEC Champion in 400mH (54.50); 1st in 400mH at Gainesville (54.77); 1st in 400mH at Columbia (54.87).
2003: 8th at USA Outdoors (59.05); 1st in semifinal at USA Outdoors (55.65); 1st in 400m at NCAA Indoors (51.79); 2nd at SEC Indoors 400m (52.91); 2nd in 4x400m relay at NCAA Indoors (3:28.25); 1st in Los Angeles Outdoors (55.92).
2002: U.S. Junior champion (56.35); NCAA Outdoor champ (54.85); World Junior champ (54.70); 2nd at SEC Outdoors; anchored South Carolina women's 4x400m relay team to an NCAA record (3:26.46) at NCAA Outdoors; ran second leg on USC's NCAA Indoor 4x400m relay championship team (3:30.36).
2001: 5th at USA Outdoors (56.51); 8th in semis at WUGs.
1999: USA Junior champion (57.95); 1st at Pan American Juniors.
 
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2014:
Outdoor bests - 100m (11.89); 400m (52.47); 400mH (55.17)
2013: Outdoor bests - 400mH, 54.22 (No. 4 in the USA, No. 7 in the World, No. 6 in the World by T&FN)
2012: Outdoor bests - 400mH, 52.77 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 2 in the world by T&FN)
2011: Outdoor bests – 400mH, 52.47 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world by T&FN)
2010: Outdoor bests – 200m, 23.62; 400m, 51.09 (No. 7 in the USA by T&FN, No. 23 in the world); 400mH, 52.82 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world by T&FN); 4x400m relay, 3:26.12 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 5 in the world)
2009: Outdoor bests – 400m, 51.40 (No. 12 in the USA, No. 33 in the world); 400mH, 52.63 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 2 in the world by T&FN); 4x400m, 3:17.83 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world)
2008: Indoor bests – 400m, 54.01; 800m, 2:09.78; Outdoor bests – 200m, 23.35; 400m, 51.58 (No. 12 in the USA); 400mH, 53.99 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 6 in the world)
2007: Did not compete.
2006: Indoor bests – 800m, 2:08.91; Outdoor bests – 400m, 51.65 (No. 10 in the USA); 400mH, 53.02 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world)
2005: Indoor bests – 800m, 2:09.19; Outdoor bests – 200m, 23.50; 400m, 51.79 (No. 13 in the USA); 800m, 2:16.46; 100mH, 13.09 (No. 16 in the USA); 400mH, 53.27 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 2 in the world)
2004: Indoor bests – 200m, 24.51; 400m, 51.63 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 13 in the world); 55mH, 7.65; 60mH, 8.11 (No. 13 in the USA, No. 42 in the world); Outdoor bests – 400m, 51.70 (No. 14 in the USA); 800m, 2:09.16; 100mH, 13.08; 400mH, 55.43 (No. 4 in the USA, No. 8 in the world).
2003: Indoor bests – 400m, 51.79 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 8 in the world); 55mH, 7.84; 60mH, 8.34; Outdoor bests – 400m, 53.50; 100mH, 13.35; 400mH, 55.65 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 26 in the world)
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