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Mike Rodgers

Mike Rodgers
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1985-04-24) April 24, 1985
St. Louis, Missouri
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 167 lb (76 kg)
Sport
Sport Track and Field
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

100m: 9.85 (1.3 m/s)

200m: 20.24 (0.0 m/s)

Michael "Mike" Rodgers (born April 24, 1985) is an American sprinter who specializes in the 100 meters.

Career

He attended Berkeley High School in St. Louis, Missouri where he ran varsity track and played varsity basketball for the Bulldogs. Later attended Lindenwood University and Oklahoma Baptist University where he was a 10-time NAIA national champion from 2005-2007. Rodgers still holds the NAIA Indoor 60m record with a 6.65.

In 60 meters, he became the 2008 US Indoor Champion and went on to finish fourth at the 2008 World Indoor Championships. In the 100 meters he finished sixth at the 2008 World Athletics Final.

The start of the 2009 outdoor season saw Rodgers improve his 100 and 200 meter personal bests: at the Grande Prêmio Brasil Caixa meet in May he recorded times of 10.01 and 20.24 seconds respectively.[1] He further improved his 100 m best in June at the Prefontaine Classic, breaking the 10-second barrier for the first time with a world-leading performance of 9.94 seconds.[2]

Rodgers qualified for his first World Championships in Athletics with a win at the 2009 US Championships in June. Of his first outdoor national victory he said: "This is my year. I came here with a lot of confidence. I think I can medal in Berlin if I work hard and stay humble."[3] He reached the semi-finals at the 2009 World Championships, finishing fifth and just missing out on a place in the 100 m final. He closed the season with a fourth place finish at the 2009 IAAF World Athletics Final.

The following year he turned to the 60 m at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships and took the silver medal behind Dwain Chambers with a run of 6.53 seconds – his first medal on the global stage.[4]

He improved up to running 9.85 at the Prefontaine classic 2011.

In 2011 he failed a drugs test. He initially claimed that he drank an energy drink when in a club in Italy. [5] He later accepted that he had taken a supplement called "Jack3d" and accepted a 9 month ban. Rodgers took methylhexaneamine, a stimulant commonly found in nutritional supplements and energy drinks. That was discovered following the results of an in-competition urine test carried out in Italy on 19 July 2011. Despite this he was still able to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London [6]


Personal bests

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
60 meters 6.48 Albuquerque, United States February 27, 2011
100 meters 9.85 Eugene, Oregon, United States June 4, 2011
200 meters 20.24 Belém, Brazil May 24, 2009
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.

Major competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 4th 60 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 6th 100 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 5th (semis) 100 m
World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece 4th 100 m
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 2nd 60 m
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 2nd 4×100 m relay
2015 World Relay Championships Nassau, Bahamas 1st 4×100 m relay 37.38
World Championships Beijing, China 5th 100 metres 9.94
DSQ 4×100 metres relay

References

  1. ^ Biscayart, Eduardo (2009-05-25). Belém spectacular produces five world season leads – IAAF World Athletics Tour. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-05-30.
  2. ^ Lee, Kirby (2009-06-08). Phillips sails 8.74m in Eugene for best Long Jump in world since 1991 – IAAF World Athletics Tour. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-06-10.
  3. ^ Morse, Parker (2009-06-27). Jeter and Rodgers take 100m titles in Eugene - US Champs, Day 2. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-06-30.
  4. ^ Landells, Steve (2010-03-13). EVENT REPORT - MEN's 60 Metres Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-21.
  5. ^ BBC [1]
  6. ^ BBC [2]

External links

  • Mike Rodgers profile at IAAF
  • USATF bio of Mike Rodgers
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