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Everything You Need To Know About Overnight Internet Sensation Michelle Jenneke

Michelle Jenneke, the 19-year old Australian who recently placed fifth at the IAAF World Championships in Barcelona, was unanimously declared Champion of the Internet yesterday.

Why? Well, this is why.

Seriously, I ran track, and I’ve never seen anyone warm up like that. I’m confused. It clearly didn’t help (she clipped the first hurdle in the final, leading to a disappointing fifth-place finish) but, yet: I approve. I guess she realized she’s headed for a life of poverty unless she locks up some endorsements. Fortunately for her, she’ll probably be receving some calls soon. (Before you get too excited, though, know that she will not be competing at the London Olympics.)

Still, in case she qualifies for the Rio Games in 2016, here’s everything you need to know about the most attractive hurdler we’ve ever seen. Hop on the bandwagon now, because it’s getting crowded.


- Nobody knew who she was 48 hours ago, except possibly a select few family members.
- She runs finite distances, typically 100 meters, while leaping over 83.8 cm hurdles.
- She tries not to clip said hurdles.
- She sometimes does clip said hurdles.
- She dances sexily to loosen her limbs.
- She is undoubtedly the first women’s junior hurdler to catapult to the front page of Reddit.
- She is a “three-time age appropriate Australian champion in the 100m hurdles.”
- She won a silver medal at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games.

Be sure to check out the wonderfully-made GIFs of her unique warmup routine and race, courtesy of the lovely folks at With Leather.

  • http://twitter.com/hemo_jr Matt Hickman

    I must be blind because I didn’t see that first hurdle move at all. And when I ran track, if you clipped a hurdle, it moved.

  • scallywag

    Club Tropicana, the local dive or a World Championship meet. It’s just Michelle getting it down before she smashes her opponents to smithereens.

    So when can I buy the Michelle Jenneke Sports Illustrated cover?


  • Freemanfalcon

    Her dance didn’t help? She freakin won by a massive lead !!!!!!

  • Guest

    She must have clipped the first hurdle in the final, as she didn’t in this heat.

  • Turp4gold

    God I would love to dance with her all night!!!  What a smile,what a body, what a girl!!  Most runners are so serious when they go up to the line.  I have to go…….I gota’ watch her dance again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Weary Wanderer

    Go girl, you good thing!

  • Joe

    That’s the body all woman athletes should have. Tight but soft. Girl is so filled with joy. She should be the spokeswomen for female track and field.

  • Iskandermo

    Ya know what’s interesting asdie fromt the race prep…??? Have you ever ever ever seen a sprint 100,200,400, hurdles, etc.. where the black athletes finsih last?!?!?!?!?  The last place hurderlers were the sisters… Whoooaa!

  • Anonymous

    Don’t care; is sexy.

  • LarBear

    I was an all area hurdler near Detroit and we all used to clip hurdles.  If you don’t clip a hurdle or two you aren’t getting close enough.  You just hope you don’t clip em too hard and knock your stride off.  I love this girl, refreshing to see someone smile and have some fun.  She has great form and speed.  Matt, you sound like a jealous girl.  

  • Lancent

    Remember, this was a qualifying heat.  The winner of the finals (gold medalist) was Morgan Snow — a ‘sister’.

  • http://www.facebook.com/floyd.johnson.39982 Floyd Johnson

    Attractive, and strong…reminds me of a woman I knew in uni

  • Jazziman

    Never again will I think of this as some sort of STUPID WOMEN”S HURDLE event!!!

  • braindance

    Sshe is adorable and happy and in terrific condition, you go Michelle, enjoy your life!

  • Yet Set Cam

    felicitate damoro santo 

  • http://www.facebook.com/donnie.rains.9 Donnie Rains

    love you Shelly :))

  • Doreen Beisel

    My boyfriend has watched that video 100 times!

  • Mike6721

    What I want to know is:  Why did Michelle have two different cameras videoing her and not the other contestants and what was the process of receiving the videos and having them produced?
    I am just wondering how these things work.

  • guest

    if you look at final video, she did clip the hurdle quite hard,trust me they dont like to move easy

  • Soltanrex

    fffffffffffffffffffff         i wish  to be one hour sleeping beside her

  • Pure Aussie


  • alex

    she is amazingly gorgeous! awesome athlete and best of all a beautiful woman! i hope someday i get to meet her! i dont think it would happen! but im glad is not illegal to dream!!!!

  • alex

    my god whoever wrote this sounds sort of insecure, and jealous about this beautiful woman athlete.

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