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David Oliver (hurdler)

David Oliver
Oliver in 2008 in Berlin
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1982-04-24) April 24, 1982
Denver, Colorado
Residence Kissimmee, Florida
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Sport Track and field
Event(s) 110 m hurdles
College team Howard Bison
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 110 m hurdles: 12.89 (0.5 m/s)

David Oliver (born April 24, 1982), is an American hurdling athlete. As a professional athlete, he competes in the 110 meter hurdles event outdoor and the 60 meter hurdles event indoor. He is the former 110 meter hurdles champion winning the gold medal at the World Championships in Moscow with a time of 13 seconds dead. He won the bronze medal in the 2008 Olympic Games and won another bronze at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships.

He was the American record holder in the 110 meter hurdles. Oliver is a four-time U.S. Champion, having won indoor and outdoor titles in 2008, a second outdoor title at the 2010 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and third outdoor title at the 2011 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He also won the gold medal at the 2008 IAAF World Athletics Final. He has a personal best of 12.89 seconds in the 110 m hurdles, placing him fourth on the all-time list.


  • Career 1
    • College 1.1
    • Professional 1.2
  • Personal life 2
  • Personal bests 3
  • Competition record 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6



Having been recruited from Denver (CO) East High School by Howard University's head coach, Michael Merritt, Oliver enjoyed his first successes on the track in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). He won four consecutive outdoor MEAC 110 metres hurdles titles, from 2001–2004. He was also a MEAC indoor champion in the 55 metres hurdles, winning in 2003 in 7.34 seconds.

Oliver leading the 60 m hurdles at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships.

Oliver received his first All American honors with a fourth-place finish at the 2003 NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship, running a personal record 13.60 seconds in the process. This made him Howard University's first two-time NCAA Division 1-A All-America selection in any sport. This was also Howard's first track and field All-America since Calvin Branch received the honor in 1989.

The following year he received a second All American honor, having taken fifth place at the Atlanta. During his time at college, he also played wide receiver for the Howard Bison football team.[1] Mostly playing on special teams, Oliver's physical abilities drew the attention of NFL teams. He was invited for try-outs with the Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings.[2]


After leaving college, he pursued track and field professionally. In 2006 he won at the Internationales Stadionfest IAAF Golden League meet in Berlin and finished fifth at that year's World Athletics Final. At the 2008 Penn Relays, Oliver completed the fastest 4×120 yd shuttle hurdle relays of all-time with team-mates Aubrey Herring, Joel Brown, Aries Merritt, finishing the rarely contested event in a record time of 53.31 seconds.[3] In 2007 he was second at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships after winning at the Tyson Invitational.[1] Outdoors, he improved his personal best to 13.14 seconds, finishing runner-up at the Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix, and was third at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. This meant he qualified for the 2007 World Championships in Athletics and he almost reached the final, being knocked out of the semi-finals after finishing fourth in his race.

Oliver (center) in the 2008 Olympic sprint hurdles final.

In 2008 Oliver won his first national title in the 60 m hurdles. At the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships, he was knocked out in the semi-finals stage. Later in the year he ran a personal best of 12.95 seconds at the Qatar Grand Prix.[4] He ran a wind-assisted 12.89 seconds in the semi-finals of the United States Olympic Trials and went on to beat Olympic and world silver medalist Terrence Trammell in the final with another windy run of 12.95 seconds.[1] Oliver went on to claim the bronze medal in the 110 m hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, finishing behind Dayron Robles who set an Olympic record and compatriot David Payne.[5] He closed the year with victories at the ISTAF meet in Berlin and at the 2008 IAAF World Athletics Final. He was the second fastest 110 m hurdler of 2008. The 2009 season started promisingly for Oliver, as he recorded 13.09 seconds for his third win in Qatar, but a calf strain resulted in him missing the US Outdoor Championships, and thus the opportunity to qualify for the 2009 World Championships in Athletics.[1]

Oliver started the 2010 outdoor season with four straight wins over other competitors, among them victories at the Ponce Grand Prix,[6] and the Colorful Daegu Pre-Championships Meeting over Dayron Robles.[7] He scored his first IAAF Diamond League win at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix in May, beating home favorite Liu Xiang with a meeting record of 12.99 seconds.[8] The following month he set a new personal best of 12.93 seconds to win his second national title at the USA Championships.[9] Oliver improved on his personal best in the 110 m hurdles on July 3, 2010, with a time of 12.90 seconds, equalling the area and national record held by Dominique Arnold.[10] On July 16, 2010, Oliver ran 12.89 for the 110 m hurdles, which was the third fastest time ever at that point (after Dayron Robles and Liu Xiang).[11] Additionally, he moved up to number six on the all-time lists in the 60 m hurdles with a win at the Sparkassen Cup, where his personal best of 7.37 seconds also brought him his first ever indoor victory over Dayron Robles.[12] By the time 2010 came to an end, Oliver was unbeaten in 15 finals races and held the top five times and eight of the top nine times in the world. This was clearly his best season and It was also his last fully healthy season.[2]

Personal life

His mother, Brenda Chambers, also competed in track and field in the 400 m hurdles event.

He graduated from Denver East High School in Colorado, in 2000. He lives in Kissimee, Florida and trained[13][14] with coach Brooks Johnson. He graduated from Howard University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. David Oliver supports English team Arsenal Football Club.

Personal bests

Event Time (sec) Wind Date Venue
110 m hurdles 12.89 0.5 m/s July 16, 2010 Paris
60 m hurdles (indoor) 7.37 N/A February 5, 2011 Stuttgart

Competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2006 IAAF World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 5th 110 m hurdles
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 4th (semis) 110 m hurdles
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 4th (semis) 60 m hurdles
Olympic Games Beijing, China 3rd 110 m hurdles
IAAF World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 1st 110 m hurdles
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 3rd 60 m hurdles
2010 2010 Diamond League Multiple Locations 1st 110 m hurdles
2013 2013 Diamond League Multiple Locations 1st 110 m hurdles
World Championships Moscow, Russia 1st 110 m hurdles
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 7th 110 m hurdles
  • National outdoor championships – Winner: 2008, 2010, 2011.
  • National indoor championships – Winner: 2008. Runner-up: 2010.


  1. ^ a b c d David Oliver Biography. USATF. Retrieved on June 29, 2010.
  2. ^ "Denver Olympian David Oliver brings football mentality to hurdles". Denver Post. August 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ Lee, Kirby (April 26, 2008). Relay records continue to tumble – Penn Relays Day 2. IAAF. Retrieved on June 29, 2010.
  4. ^ Butcher, Pat (May 9, 2008). Oliver, Felix dazzle in Doha – IAAF World Athletics Tour. IAAF. Retrieved on June 29, 2010.
  5. ^ "Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games: Men's 110 metres hurdles". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 17, 2010. 
  6. ^ Clavelo Robinson, Javier (May 9, 2010). Culson clocks world leading 47.72 in Ponce. IAAF. Retrieved on June 29, 2010.
  7. ^ Jalava, Mirko (May 19, 2010). 9.86 World lead for Bolt – Oliver over Robles – Jeter over VCB – Daegu World Challenge meet report. IAAF. Retrieved on June 29, 2010.
  8. ^ Bolt cruises 19.76, seven world leads on chilly night in Shanghai – IAAF Diamond League. IAAF Diamond League (May 23, 2010). Retrieved on June 29, 2010.
  9. ^ Morse, Parker (June 28, 2010). Oliver flies 12.93, Suhr soars 4.89m as US champs conclude. IAAF. Retrieved on June 29, 2010.
  10. ^ Gene Cherry (July 3, 2010). "American Oliver matches fourth fastest hurdles time". Reuters. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Bolt sees off Powell, Oliver sizzles in hurdles". AFP. July 16, 2010. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  12. ^ Gordon, Ed (February 6, 2011). Oliver, Alamirew post scintillating marks in Stuttgart. IAAF. Retrieved on February 6, 2011.
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External links

  • Official website
  • David Oliver profile at IAAF
  • Oliver's biography at USA Track & Field
  • Stuttgart 2006 was David Oliver’s ‘step forward’ – article from IAAF
  • David Oliver on Twitter
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