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Shamier Little


Shamier Little

Shamier Little
Shamier Little at the 2015 World Championships
Personal information
Nationality  American
Born (1995-03-20) March 20, 1995
Louisville, Kentucky
Residence College Station, Texas, Chicago, Illinois
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Hurdles
College team Texas A&M
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 200 m: 23.41 (Baton Rouge 2014)
400 m: 51.06 (Lexington 2014)
100 m hurdles: 13.77 (Baton Rouge2014)
400 m hurdles: 53.74 (Eugene2015)

Shamier Little (born March 20, 1995) is an American track and field athlete. As a 20-year-old college sophomore at Texas A&M University, she became the 2015 US champion at 400 meters hurdles.[1] She won a silver medal in the 400m hurdles at the 2015 World Championships.


Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Little is the child of athletic parents, her father a football cornerback and her mother a star basketball player and high jumper at Eastern Kentucky University. Shamier began participating in youth track and field as an 8 year old.[2] She made her first appearance at the national level at the 2004 USATF Youth Championships as a 100 meter sprinter running for the University of Chicago Youth Track Club.[3] She regularly participated in all comers track meets.[4] Later she ran for the Country Club Hills Gazelles both in USATF [5] and AAU competitions.[6][7] None of her early youth competitions could be labeled exceptional.

At Robert Lindblom Math & Science Academy in Chicago, Little got more serious setting the IHSA Class 2A records in 100 meters hurdles, 200 meters and 400 meters.[8] She won the 2011 AAU Junior Olympics at 400 hurdles.[9] In 2012, she won the Arcadia Invitational in the 400 meters,[10] which she repeated in 2013.[11] She won the Junior National Championships in 400 hurdles,[12] which qualified her for the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics, but she did not finish the final, falling over the last hurdle while in medal contention.[13] In 2013, she tried 100 meters hurdles and 400 at the National Championships, finishing off the podium in both.[14]

After high school, Little chose to go to Texas A&M University. As a freshman she won the NCAA Championships at 400 hurdles and helped her team get second place in the 4x400 meters relay. Later that summer she won the 2014 World Junior Championships in the 400 hurdles.[15] In 2015, before winning the national championship against the big girls, she repeated as NCAA Champion, running the #1 time worldwide to that point in the season.[16] The National Championship offered Little an invitation to run in the 2015 Pan American Games, where she took the gold medal.


  1. ^ "Women 400 Meter Hurdles SR". Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ "Results - USATF Illinois Association Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships".\accessdate=2015-07-01. 
  4. ^ "UCTC Meet Results 6-23-05". 2005-06-23. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  5. ^ "Events - 2007 USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships". Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  6. ^ "2007 AAU National Jr. Olympic Games - 7/28/2007 to 8/4/2007 : Knoxville, Tennessee : Performance List". Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  7. ^ "2009 AAU JO Games - 8/1/2009 to 8/8/2009 : Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa : Performance List". Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  8. ^ "IHSA Girls Track & Field Event Records". 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  9. ^ "2011 Results - AAU JO Ntl Championships Day 5 2011-08-03 LA - TFX - The Internet Home of High School Track, Field and Cross Country". 2011-08-03. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  10. ^ "2012 Results - Arcadia Invitational 2012-04-07 CA - TFX - The Internet Home of High School Track, Field and Cross Country". 2012-04-07. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  11. ^ "2013 Results - Arcadia Invitational 2013-04-06 CA - TFX - The Internet Home of High School Track, Field and Cross Country". 2013-04-06. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  12. ^ "2012 USA Junior Championships - 6/15/2012 to 6/17/2012 : Bloomington, Indiana : Results". Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  13. ^ "Shamier Little 400m hurdles IAAF World Junior Championships Oregon 2014". Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  14. ^ "USA Track & Field - Results - Full". Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  15. ^ "400 Metres Hurdles Result - IAAF World Junior Championships 2014". Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  16. ^ "400 Metres Hurdles - women - senior - outdoor - 2015". Retrieved 2015-07-01. 

External links

  • Shamier Little profile at IAAF
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