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Height: 5-4
Weight: 108
PRs: 800m - 1:58.10 (2000); 1000m - 2:33.93 (1995);
1500m - 3:57.40 (2000); Mile - 4:22.93 (1998); 3000m 8:46.16 (2000); 5,000m - 15:06.48 (2000)
August 8, 1968, in Stevens Point, Wis.
Current Residence:
New Glarus, Wis.
High School:
Stevens Point (Wis.) 86
College: Wisconsin 90
Coach: Peter Tegen
Agent: Jos Hermens
Club: Nike

Career Highlights: -time Olympian (92, 96, 00); 9-time NCAA champion; 3-time USA Outdoor 1500m champion (90, 91, 98); 2-time Junior Pan American gold medalist (84, 86); 3-time USA Indoor champion (91, 98, 99).

Coming off one of the most impressive seasons of her professional career in 2002, Favor Hamilton enjoyed another strong campaign in 2003 highlighted by her 1,500m performance of 4:01.69 in Rome, the second fastest by an American that year. A lower calf strain kept her from competing at the 2003 World Outdoor Championships in Paris. In 2002 Favor Hamilton ran three sub-four minute 1,500s, becoming the only American except Mary Slaney to accomplish the feat. In 2001, she had the fastest time by an American with 4:00.38 at Monaco, and she had the fastest U.S. time in 2002 with her 3:59.10 at Zurich. A three-time Olympian and the second fastest American ever at 1,500 meters, Favor Hamilton posted the fastest womens 1500m time in the world in 2000 with her 3:57.40 at the 2000 Bislett Games. Only Mary Slaney has run faster among Americans. Also in 2000, Favor Hamilton set PRs at 800, 1,500, 3,000 and 5,000 meters and was considered a medal contender for Sydney at 1,500m. Running with an avulsion of the ischium bone and a strained hamstring, Favor Hamilton collapsed during the last lap of the Olympic final before picking herself up and finishing the race. She was treated by Olympic medical staff after the race and later chalked up the collapse to the injury, combined with a panic attack and dehydration in the final straightwent through therapy after the Olympics to work through the reasons for her collapseAfter graduating from Wisconsin in 1990, she moved to Eugene, Ore., to train with coach Dick Brownat the end of 1996, disappointed by her Olympic season, she moved back to Madison to reunite with college coach Peter Tegen and has made rapid improvement since thenWisconsins biggest star ever, with 23 Big 10 titles (21 of them in individual events)won 9 NCAA titles, a record that still standsNCAA All-American 14 timesas a senior, was awarded the Honda-Broderick Cup as the nations top collegiate athletetrains with Canadian (now British) star Kathy Butler and American 1,500m up-and-comer Sarah Schwaldholds a degree in graphic arts, and remains very active with her artworks as an assistant coach to the Badger cross country and track programsmarried to Mark Hamilton, a former Badger baseball playerin 2000 changed her name from Hamilton to Favor Hamilton in honor of her brother, who committed suicideHamilton and her husband, Mark, welcomed their daughter, Kylie, into the world on September 21, 2005official website is

2005: did not compete
3rd at USA Indoors (4:12.87). Did not compete in final at 2004 Olympic Trials.
Runner-up USA Outdoor 1,500m (4:03.70)2nd at Nike Prefontaine Classic Outdoors 1,500m (4:03.47) 2nd at Home Depot Invitational (4:04.36) 3rd at Rome Golden Gala (4:01.69)1st in Madrid (4:02.89)ranked #2 in U.S. at 1,500m by T&FNbest of 4:01.69.
2002: Runner-up at USA Outdoor 1500m (4:11.31)ran fastest womens mile time in the world in 02 of 4:25.27 2nd at Zurich GL 1500m (3:59.10 fastest by an American in 02) 2nd at Berlin (3:59.40)1st at Rieti (3:59.43)2nd at Paris (4:01.08)3rd at World Cross Country Championships (13.47)5th in 4 km at USA XC (13:47)ranked #4 in the world (#1 U.S.) at 1,500m, #8 at 3,000m in U.S. by T&FNbests of 3:59.10, 4:25.27, 8:56.03.
2001: 2nd at USA Outdoor 1,500m (4:06.61)did not finish in semifinal at World Outdoor Champs1st in 1,500m at Prefontaine Classic (4:06.93)3rd in Paris (4:02.64)3rd in Monaco (4:00.38) 2nd at Oslo (4:03.60)3rd at Golden Gala (4:03.10) was diagnosed with hypoglycemia at the end of the outdoor campaignranked #6 in the world (#1 U.S.) by T&FNbest of 4:00.38.
2000: 12th in Olympic final (4:23.05) after collapsing during final lap...did not compete indoors...opened the outdoor season with an impressive 15:06.48 for 5000 meters in her first try at the race and in May set a personal best in the 3000m (8:46.16)... 2nd at Olympic Trials 1500 (4:01.81)...followed up with a world-leading 3:57.40 PR win at the Bislett Games July 28 in Oslo, where she defeated the last three World Champions in the event (Sonia OSullivan, Carla Sacramento and Svetlana Masterkova) and the 1996 Olympic Champion (Masterkova)...then ran 1:58.10 PR at Stockholm Aug. 1...ranked #7 in world (#1 U.S.) in 1500 and #7 in U.S. in 800m by T&FN...bests of 1:58.10, 3:57.40, 8:46.16 and 15:06.48.
1999: USA Indoor 1500m of 1:58.92iAR...sidelined by achilles surgery in April... did not compete outdoors.
1998: Won USA Outdoors (4:05.28)... won USA Indoor mile (4:34.16) and Millrose mile (4:30.91)... won the Prefontaine Classic in May (4:10.11) with a 56.5 last lap...ran 800 PR of 1:58.66 to win in Lucerne...left the circuit after her 11th at Zurich (4:04.37) because she no longer felt fit...ranked #1 in U.S. at 1500 and #8 at 800 by T&FN... bests of 3:58.43 and 4:22.93.
1997: 2nd in 1500 at USA Indoor (4:08.83 indoor PR)...runner-up at USA Outdoors 1500 (4:04.36 PR)...ran 2nd at Sheffield in PR 4:03.50...6th in semi (4:07.19) at World Champs, missing final by 0.13 seconds...ranked #5 in world at 1500 (#2 U.S.) and #9 in U.S. at 800 by T&FN...bests of 4:03.50 and 4:26.01.
1996: 3rd in Olympic Trials 800 (1:59.04), 13th in 1500 (4:17.28)...4th in heats of 800 at Olympics...ranked #10 in U.S. at 1500 and #3 in U.S. at 800 by T&FN...bests of 4:08.18 and 4:31.65.
1995: Runner-up in 1500 at USA Outdoors...8th in semi at World Champs...ran 1000m in an American record 2:33.93 at the Prefontaine Classic... ranked #3 in U.S. at 1500 and #6 at 800 by T&FN...bests of 4:05.14 and 4:28.18.
1994: 2nd at 1500 in USA Outdoors...ran 2000m in 5:42.86... 9th in the USA Indoor mile after falling...ranked #2 in U.S. at 1500 and #5 at 800 by T&FN...bests of 4:04.57 and 4:37.47.
1993: 4th in 1500 at USA Outdoors...ranked #5 in U.S. at 1500 by T&FN... bests of 4:10.69 and 4:36.30.
1992: 3rd at the Olympic Trials...11th in heat at Olympics...ranked #3 in U.S. at 1500 and #7 at 800 by T&FN... bests of 4:04.53 and 4:32.39.
1991: Won mile (4:37.55) at USA Indoors...won USA Outdoors (4:06.13 PR)...placed 9th in her 1500 heat at the World Champs...ranked #3 in U.S. at 1500 by T&FN... bests of 4:06.13 and 4:32.99.
1990: Won USA Outdoors (4:13.47)...won NCAA 800 (1:59.11) and 1500 (4:08.26)...won NCAA Indoor mile (4:38.19) and 3000 (9:02.30 PR)...won Big 10 800, 1500 and 3000...2nd at NCAA XC Champs...ranked #1 in U.S. at 1500 and #4 at 800 by T&FN... bests of 4:08.00 and 4:38.1.
1989: Placed 2nd at USA Outdoors ...won mile at NCAA Indoor in a meet record 4:30.63...won 1500 at NCAA Outdoors (4:15.83)...won Big 10 800, 1500 and 3000...won silver medal at 1500 in World University Games...won 800 at Olympic Festival...ranked #1 in U.S. at 1500 and #4 at 800 by T&FN...bests of 4:09.7 and 4:27.31.
1988: Won 1500 at NCAA Outdoors (4:13.83)...anchored second-place 4x800 relay at NCAA Indoor...won Big 10 800m, 1500m and 3000m...finished 5th in 800 heats at Olympic Trials... qualified for the semis in the 1500 but did not run...6th in NCAA XC Champs... bests of 4:13.91 and 4:35.97.
1987: In her frosh year, won NCAA Indoor mile and NCAA 1500 Outdoors (4:09.85)...captured Big 10 800 and 1500 titles...6th in the 1500 at USA Outdoors...9th in the World University Games 1500...21st in the NCAA XC Champs...ranked #5 in U.S. at 1500 by T&FN... bests of 4:09.10 and 4:41.69.
1986: Won her third straight 1500 title at the USA Juniors, an unprecedented achievement...won her second gold at the Pan Am Juniors...placed 9th in the World Junior 1500...2nd in the NCAA XC Champs... bests of 4:18.62 and 4:42.5 (1600).
1985: Won her second 1500 title at the USA Juniors... bests of 4:19.43 and 4:45.2.
1984: Won the 1500 at the USA medal at 1500 in the Pan Am Juniors... bests of 4:19.46 and 4:51.8...also ran 10:26.2 for 3200 indoors.


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