Shamier Khalia Little
Shamier Little at the 2015 World Championships
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1995-03-20) March 20, 1995 (age 26)
Louisville, Kentucky
Home townCollege Station, Texas; Chicago, Illinois
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Sport
SportAthletics
Event(s)Hurdles
College teamTexas A&M
ClubAdidas
Turned pro2016
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
Little at the 2017 World Championships in London
Little at the 2017 World Championships in London

Shamier Little (born March 20, 1995) is an American track and field sprinter specializing in the 400 metres hurdles. She has won a silver medal in her signature event at the 2015 World Championships. As a 20-year-old college sophomore at Texas A&M University, Little was the 2015 US champion. In July 2021, she became the 5th fastest woman of all time at the event.

Prep

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.[1] 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.[2] She regularly participated in all comers track meets.[3] Later Little ran for the Country Club Hills Gazelles both in USATF [4] and AAU competitions.[5][6] 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.[7] She won the 2011 AAU Junior Olympics at 400 hurdles.[8] In 2012, she won the Arcadia Invitational in the 400 meters,[9] which she repeated in 2013.[10] She won the Junior National Championships in 400 hurdles,[11] 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.[12] In 2013, Little tried 100 meters hurdles and 400 at the National Championships, finishing off the podium in both.[13]

Career

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.[14]

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.[15][16] The National Championship offered Little an invitation to run in the 2015 Pan American Games, where she took the gold medal.

In 2016, Little won a third consecutive NCAA 400 m hurdles champion title.[17]

Achievements

All information taken from World Athletics profile.

Personal bests

Event Time (sec) Notes Wind Venue Date
200 meters 23.07 +1.4 m/s Fayetteville, AR, United States 26 April 2019
400 meters 49.91 Miramar, FL, United States 10 April 2021
100 meters hurdles 13.77 +0.4 m/s Baton Rouge, LA, United States 3 May 2014
400 meters hurdles 52.39 #5 all-time[18] Stockholm, Sweden 4 July 2021

International competitions

Representing the  United States
Year Competition Venue Position Event Result Notes
2012 World Junior Championships Barcelona, Spain 6th (sf) DNF 400 m hurdles DNF [n 1]
2014 World Junior Championships Eugene, OR, United States 1st 400 m hurdles 55.66
1st 4×400 m 3:30.42 WU20L
2015 Pan American Games Toronto, Canada 1st 400 m hurdles 55.50
1st 4×400 m 3:25.68
World Championships Beijing, China 2nd 400 m hurdles 53.94
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 11th (sf) 400 m hurdles 55.76
2018 NACAC Championships Toronto, Canada 1st 400 m hurdles 53.32 CR
Continental Cup Ostrava, Czech Republic 2nd 400 m hurdles 53.86
  1. ^ Little timed 57.46 sec in the semi-finals. It would have been 3rd result in the final

Circuit wins

References

  1. ^ "Shamier Little - Track and Field". Texas A&M Athletics - 12thMan.com. Retrieved 2021-07-05.
  2. ^ "Results - USATF Illinois Association Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships". Usatf.org\accessdate=2015-07-01.
  3. ^ "UCTC Meet Results 6-23-05". Uctc.org. 2005-06-23. Archived from the original on 2005-10-23. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  4. ^ "Events - 2007 USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships". USATF.org. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  5. ^ "2007 AAU National Jr. Olympic Games - 7/28/2007 to 8/4/2007 : Knoxville, Tennessee : Performance List". Image.aausports.org. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  6. ^ "2009 AAU JO Games - 8/1/2009 to 8/8/2009 : Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa : Performance List". Aauathletics.org. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  7. ^ "IHSA Girls Track & Field Event Records". Ihsa.org. 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  8. ^ "2011 Results - AAU JO Ntl Championships Day 5 2011-08-03 LA - DyeStat.com TFX - The Internet Home of High School Track, Field and Cross Country". Parser.dyestat.com. 2011-08-03. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  9. ^ "2012 Results - Arcadia Invitational 2012-04-07 CA - DyeStat.com TFX - The Internet Home of High School Track, Field and Cross Country". Parser.dyestat.com. 2012-04-07. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  10. ^ "2013 Results - Arcadia Invitational 2013-04-06 CA - DyeStat.com TFX - The Internet Home of High School Track, Field and Cross Country". Parser.dyestat.com. 2013-04-06. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  11. ^ "2012 USA Junior Championships - 6/15/2012 to 6/17/2012 : Bloomington, Indiana : Results". Usatf.org. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  12. ^ "Shamier Little 400m hurdles IAAF World Junior Championships Oregon 2014". iaaf.org. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  13. ^ "USA Track & Field - Results - Full". Usatf.org. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  14. ^ "400 Metres Hurdles Result - IAAF World Junior Championships 2014". iaaf.org. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  15. ^ "400 Metres Hurdles - women - senior - outdoor - 2015". iaaf.org. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  16. ^ "Women 400 Meter Hurdles SR". Flashresults.com. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  17. ^ "2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field - 6/30/2016 to 7/10/2016 Eugene, Oregon Results". usatf.org. July 10, 2016. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  18. ^ "All time Top lists – 400 m hurdles Women – Senior Outdoor | until 2021-07-04". World Athletics. Retrieved 2021-07-04. Change filters for other age / territorial / time range