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Michael Tinsley

Michael Tinsley

Event: 400m hurdles
Height: 6-0
Weight: 180
PR: 47.70 (2013)
Born: 04/21/1984
Current Residence: Round Rock, Texas
Hometown: Little Rock, Ark.
High School: Pulaski Robinson (Little Rock, Ark.) H.S. '03
College: Jackson State '06
Coach: Maurice Pierce
Agent: Mark Wetmore
Sponsor: adidas
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International Championships
2012 Olympic silver medalist (47.91)

USA Championships
2013 USA Outdoor champion (47.96)
2012 Olympic Trials champion (48.33)
3rd at 2010 USA Outdoors (48.46)
 
Collegiate Championships
2006 NCAA Outdoor champion (48.25)
3rd at 2005 NCAA Outdoors (48.55)
 
Awards and Honors
Three-time NCAA All-American
 
About Michael
The 2013 season saw Tinsley continue his ascent to track & field fame. He captured his first ever USA Outdoor Championship with a time of 47.96 and set a new personal best during the season with a time of 47.70. Clearly Tinsley wasn't rattled under the bright lights of the London Olympic Games when he won a silver medal in the men's 400m hurdles. Tinsley finished strong in winning the Olympic Trials before running a personal best to take silver in London and recorded the fastest time in the U.S. in 2012. With his win at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Tinsley became the first Jackson State University track athlete to win an NCAA Division I title. To celebrate his win, JSU proclaimed Thursday, June 15, 2006, “Michael Tinsley Day” and publicly recognized him and his family with a reception held in the Walter Payton Health and Wellness Center on campus. An All-State and All-District selection in several events during his high school career, Tinsley was a Criminal Justice major at Jackson State.
Results
2014: 1st place in the 400mH at Shanghai (48.77); 2nd place at Adidas Grand Prix (48.56); 2nd place at Lausanne (48.40); 1st place at Paris (48.25); 3rd place at Glasgow (48.91);
2013: 8th at Lausanne (49.63); USA Outdoor champion (47.96); 1st at adidas Grand Prix (48.43); 1st at Doha (48.92); 1st at Drake (48.55); 1st place at Paris (48.25);
2012: Olympic silver medalist (47.91); Olympic Trials champion (48.33); 1st in Stockholm (49.49); 7th in Zurich (49.56); 8th at Ponce (50.74); 1st at Mt. Sac. Relays (48.83); 4th at USA Indoors 400m (47.54); 5th at Boston New Balance Indoor Grand Prix 400m (47.38)
2011: 4th at USA Outdoors (48.45); 2nd at Ponce (49.20); 1st at Clermont (49.65); 1st at adidas Grand Prix (49.46); 2nd at London (48.90); 5th New Balance Grand Prix 600m (1:24.10)
2010: 3rd at USA Outdoors (48.46); 2nd at Ponce (48.46)
2009: 4th at USA Outdoors (48.53); 3rd at London (49.04); 3rd at Kingston (48.81); 5th at Prefontaine Classic (48.80); 4th at World Athletics Final (49.03)
2008: 4th in first round heat at Olympic Trials (50.37)
2007: 7th at USA Outdoor Championships (50.39); fastest semifinal at USA Outdoor Championships (48.02); 6th at Reebok Grand Prix (49.70)
2006: 6th at USA Outdoors (49.68); 1st at NCAA Outdoors (48.25); 1st at Texas Relays (48.70); 2nd at adidas Track Classic (48.98)
2005: 3rd at NCAA Outdoors (48.55); 9th at USA Outdoors (51.84); SWAC champion
2004: 15th in qualifying in opening round at NCAA Outdoors (51.11); SWAC champion
 
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2013: 
Outdoor bests - 400mH 47.70 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 2 in the World, ranked No. 1 in the USA and No. 2 in the World by T&FN)
2012: Indoor bests – 400m, 47.38; Outdoor bests – 400mH, 47.91 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 4 in the world by T&FN)
2011: Indoor bests – 400m, 47.75; Outdoor bests – 400mH, 48.45 (No. 4 in the USA, No. 9 in the world, ranked No. 4 in the USA & ranked No. 10 in the world by T&FN)
2010: Indoor bests – 400m, 48.48; Outdoor bests – 400mH, 48.46 (No. 5 in the USA, No. 9 in the world, ranked No. 6 in the USA by T&FN)
2009: Indoor bests – 400m, 47.01; Outdoor bests – 400mH, 48.53 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 14 in the world, ranked No. 5 in the USA by T&FN)
2008: Outdoor bests – 400mH, 48.84 (No. 9 in the USA, No. 17 in the world)
2007: Outdoor bests – 400mH, 48.02 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 4 in the world, ranked No. 8 in the USA by T&FN)
2006: Indoor bests – 400m, 46.02 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 13 in the world); Outdoor bests – 400mH, 48.25 (No. 4 in the USA by T&FN, No. 8 in the world, ranked No. 10 in the world by T&FN)
2005: Indoor bests – 400m, 46.89 (No. 21 in the USA, No. 38 in the world); Outdoor bests – 400mH, 48.55 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 16 in the world, ranked No. 7 in the USA by T&FN)
2004: Outdoor bests – 400mH, 50.87
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