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Event: 400m Hurdles
Height: 6-0
Weight: 180
PR: 48.02 (2007)
Born: April 21, 1984
Current Residence: Round Rock, Texas
High School: Pulaski Robinson (Little Rock, Ark.) HS ‘03
College: Jackson State ‘06
Coach: Darryl Woodson
Agent: Mark Wetmore
Club: adidas

Career Highlights: 2006 NCAA champion; 3rd at 2010 USA Outdoor Champs...3rd at 2005 NCAA Outdoors

Tinsley continued the upward trend of his career in 2010 by finishing third at the USA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Tinsley posted his finest season in years in 2009 highlighted by his fourth-place finish at the USA Outdoor Championships, and top five finishes overseas at London (3rd), Kinston (3rd) and at the World Athletics Final (49.03).  His seasonal best of 48.53 at the USA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, was his fastest time since posting his personal best of 48.02 in the semifinals at the 2007 USA Outdoor Championships in Indianapolis. He ended the 2009 campaign ranked #5 in the U.S., which is the second best year end ranking of his career (#4 in 2006). Tinsley placed his name on the national and world scene in 2006 with a 6th place finish at the USA Outdoor meet and a win at the NCAA Championships. His efforts earned Tinsley a world ranking. In 2005, Tinsley gave a hint of what was to come with his third-place 400m hurdles finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and his end of the year ranking of #7 in the U.S. by Track & Field News. With his wins in 2006 at the Texas Relays and the NCAA Championships, Tinsley continued his move up the national rankings (#4), and ended the year with his first ever T&FN top ten world ranking (#10). 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, “Michael Tinsley Day” and publicly recognized him and his family with a reception held in the Walter Payton Health and Wellness Center on campus. Tinsley captured a nice double when he won both the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles titles at the 2004 SWAC Outdoor Championships.  A multi-event athlete, he ran the second leg of the team that captured the 4x400m relay title at the 2004 SWAC Championships. An All-State and All-District selection in several events during his high school career, Tinsley was a Criminal Justice major at Jackson State. 

2011: New Balance Grand Prix (1:24.10)
3rd at USA Outdoors (48.46)...2nd at Ponce (48.46)...ranked #6 in U.S. by T& of 48.46.
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)...ranked #5 in U.S. by T& of 48.53.
2008: 4th in prelims at Olympic Trials (50.37) of 48.84.
2007: 7th at USA Outdoor Championships (50.39)…fastest semifinal at USA Outdoor Championships (48.02PR)…6th at Reebok Grand Prix (49.70)
ranked #8 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 48.02.
6th at USA Outdoors (49.68)…1st at NCAA Outdoors (48.25PR)…1st at Texas Relays (48.70)…2nd at adidas Track Classic (48.98)…ranked #10 in world (#4 U.S.) by T&FN…best of 48.25.
2005: 3rd at NCAA Outdoors (48.55)…9th at USA Outdoors (51.84)…SWAC champion…ranked #7 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 48.55.
2004: 15th in qualifying in opening round at NCAA Outdoors (51.11)…SWAC champion…best of 50.87.


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