Delloreen ENNIS

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Jamaica Jamaica
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    05 MAR 1975
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    70876
Delloreen Ennis-London of Jamaica qualifies for the final of the 100m Hurdles (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
100 Metres 11.50 +1.0 San Angelo, TX (USA) 10 APR 1999
100 Metres 11.30 * +5.7 Abilene, TX (USA) 27 MAR 2004
200 Metres 25.05 * +3.8 Abilene, TX (USA) 24 MAR 2007
100 Metres Hurdles 12.50 -0.1 Osaka (JPN) 29 AUG 2007
400 Metres Hurdles 1:02.75 Kingsville (USA) 18 APR 1998

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
55 Metres 6.94 Norman, OK (USA) 13 FEB 1999
60 Metres 7.39 Lincoln (USA) 30 JAN 1999
55 Metres Hurdles 7.56 Norman, OK (USA) 13 FEB 1999
60 Metres Hurdles 7.92 Chemnitz (GER) 27 FEB 2004

Legend

* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2013

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
100 Metres Hurdles 12.94 +0.7 Kingston (JAM) 23 JUN 2013

Outdoor

100 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2005 11.77 +1.6 Denton (USA) 28 APR 2005
2004 11.59 +1.4 San Angelo, TX (USA) 10 APR 2004
1999 11.50 +1.0 San Angelo, TX (USA) 10 APR 1999
1998 11.81 -0.6 Edwardsville (USA) 22 MAY 1998

Outdoor

100 Metres Hurdles

Performance Wind Place Date
2013 12.94 +0.7 Kingston (JAM) 23 JUN 2013
2012 13.00 +1.3 Kingston (JAM) 01 JUL 2012
2011 13.04 +1.9 Gainesville (USA) 16 APR 2011
2010 12.71 +2.0 New York, NY (USA) 12 JUN 2010
2009 12.55 +0.2 Berlin (GER) 19 AUG 2009
2008 12.54 +1.3 Fort-de-France (FRA) 08 MAY 2008
2007 12.50 -0.1 Osaka (JPN) 29 AUG 2007
2006 12.74 +0.8 Doha (QAT) 12 MAY 2006
2005 12.57 -0.8 Monaco (MON) 10 SEP 2005
2004 12.51 0.0 Kingston (JAM) 27 JUN 2004
2003 12.70 +0.5 St. George's (GRN) 05 JUL 2003
2001 12.57 +0.9 Sevilla (ESP) 08 JUN 2001
2000 12.52 +1.9 Kingston (JAM) 22 JUL 2000
1999 12.71 +1.3 Kingston (JAM) 19 JUN 1999
1998 13.27 0.0 Edwardsville (USA) 23 MAY 1998
1997 13.61 0.0 Austin, TX (USA) 05 APR 1997
1996 13.53 0.0 Philadelphia (USA) 26 APR 1996
1992 13.81 +0.3 Seoul (KOR) 17 SEP 1992

Outdoor

400 Metres Hurdles

Performance Place Date
1998 1:02.75 Kingsville (USA) 18 APR 1998

Indoor

55 Metres

Performance Place Date
2002/03 6.99 Lubbock, TX (USA) 07 FEB 2003
1998/99 6.94 Norman, OK (USA) 13 FEB 1999

Indoor

60 Metres

Performance Place Date
2005/06 7.55 Göteborg (SWE) 08 FEB 2006
1998/99 7.39 Lincoln (USA) 30 JAN 1999

Indoor

55 Metres Hurdles

Performance Place Date
1998/99 7.56 Norman, OK (USA) 13 FEB 1999

Indoor

60 Metres Hurdles

Performance Place Date
2005/06 8.06 Belfast (GBR) 19 FEB 2006
2003/04 7.92 Chemnitz (GER) 27 FEB 2004
1998/99 8.23 Lincoln (USA) 30 JAN 1999
1996/97 8.36 Lincoln (USA) 01 FEB 1997

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. 100 Metres Hurdles 12.80 0.0 Sydney (AUS) 27 SEP 2000
5. 100 Metres Hurdles 12.65 +0.1 Beijing (CHN) 19 AUG 2008

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 100 Metres Hurdles 12.76 -2.0 Helsinki (FIN) 11 AUG 2005
3. 100 Metres Hurdles 12.55 +0.2 Berlin (GER) 19 AUG 2009
3. 100 Metres Hurdles 12.50 -0.1 Osaka (JPN) 29 AUG 2007
7. 100 Metres Hurdles 12.87 +0.7 Sevilla (ESP) 28 AUG 1999

Honours - Pan American Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 100 Metres Hurdles 12.65 0.0 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 25 JUL 2007

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 100 Metres Hurdles 12.61 -0.1 Thessaloniki (GRE) 12 SEP 2009
3. 100 Metres Hurdles 12.56 +0.3 Stuttgart (GER) 13 SEP 2008
3. 100 Metres Hurdles 12.72 -0.3 Stuttgart (GER) 22 SEP 2007
3. 100 Metres Hurdles 12.57 -0.8 Monaco (MON) 10 SEP 2005
6. 100 Metres Hurdles 12.75 +1.0 Monaco (MON) 19 SEP 2004

Honours - Grand Prix Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 100 Metres Hurdles 12.96 +1.2 Doha (QAT) 05 OCT 2000

Honours - Golden League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 100 Metres Hurdles 12.65 -0.5 Bruxelles (BEL) 05 SEP 2008
1. 100 Metres Hurdles 12.66 +0.2 Paris (FRA) 18 JUL 2008

Honours - Commonwealth Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 100 Metres Hurdles 13.00 -0.3 Melbourne (AUS) 24 MAR 2006

Honours - CAC Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 100 Metres Hurdles 12.70 +0.5 St. George's (GRN) 05 JUL 2003

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 100 Metres Hurdles 12.79 -1.1 Kingston (JAM) 28 JUN 2009
1. 100 Metres Hurdles 12.62 +1.0 Kingston (JAM) 24 JUN 2007
1. 100 Metres Hurdles 12.60 +1.1 Kingston (JAM) 26 JUN 2005
1. 100 Metres Hurdles 12.51 0.0 Kingston (JAM) 27 JUN 2004
1. 100 Metres Hurdles 12.62 +1.3 Kingston (JAM) 23 JUN 2001
1. 100 Metres Hurdles 12.52 +1.9 Kingston (JAM) 22 JUL 2000
1. 100 Metres Hurdles 12.71 +1.3 Kingston (JAM) 19 JUN 1999
Results in:

100 Metres Hurdles

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Wind
06 APR 2013 Lubbock Texas Tech Open USAUSA F F1 2. 13.22 -0.8
13 APR 2013 Canyon West Texas Open and Multi USAUSA F F 1. 13.15 +6.1
08 MAY 2013 Georgetown Cayman Invitational CAYCAY E F 3. 13.14 +0.2
18 MAY 2013 Ponce Grand Prix PURPUR B F2 7. 13.61 -1.4
27 MAY 2013 Bedford International Games GBRGBR E F1 5. 13.81 +0.5
27 MAY 2013 Bedford International Games GBRGBR E F1 1. 13.35 +1.5
01 JUN 2013 Cagliari Terra Sarda Meeting ITAITA E F 7. 13.63 +0.2
10 JUN 2013 Praha Josef Odložil Memorial CZECZE C F 2. 13.19 +0.4
23 JUN 2013 Kingston Jamaican Ch. JAMJAM B H1 4. 13.20 -0.4
23 JUN 2013 Kingston Jamaican Ch. JAMJAM B F 4. 12.94 +0.7


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Updated 9 August 2008


Delloreen ENNIS-LONDON, Jamaica (100m Hurdles)
Born 5 March 1975, St Catherine
1.78 / 71kg
Coach: Lincoln London
Manager: Ricky Simms

One of the highest moments in Delloreen Ennis-London’s life is inextricably linked with one of the lowest. When the Jamaican 100m hurdler won a silver medal at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, it was her greatest achievement in athletics even to this day. When she picked up her phone three months later a voice gave her the dreaded news.

The call came to say that Delloreen’s mother had died of diabetes at 54. “I was talking to her on the phone when I won the silver and she was very excited,” Ennis-London recounted. “Her voice was strong. I went home and saw her right after the season finished then I got a call in November to say my mum passed away.

“I only got to see her in October. I wasn’t there to say goodbye and that was very hard for me. She was sickly so she was going back and forth to the hospital and it took a toll on her in the latter part. She was very young and that is what plays on me. Now I use her as my motivation to keep going forward.”

Ennis-London, who also lost her father when he was 62, still has a tight family. The mother of a six-year-old daughter, Zarina (born 14 July 2002), she also has a 13-year-old stepson, Lincoln London Junior, living in Trinidad, the son of her husband and coach, Lincoln London, a former 400m international.

One of seven siblings – she has three brothers and three sisters – only Delloreen showed promise at athletics. “I was the only one that really did track,” she said. “My other brothers and sisters ventured off into different areas. I was more like the talented one in my family.”

Delloreen showed outstanding promise from primary school age and, as her talent blossomed, she won a scholarship to St Jago High School, Spanish Town, in the parish of St Catherine. “That was the first step, getting into a high school, and a very good high school,” Ennis-London recalled. “My coach at the time was the one who told me to try out with the hurdles.

“At first it was very awkward and I remember some of the kids were laughing at me because I went over the hurdles kind of weird. I was not coordinated at that time and I was like ‘I don’t think I’m in the right thing’. But I stuck to it.” And the results came. At 17, she won the U20 100m Hurdles (13.92) at the 1992 Carifta Games, in Nassau, Bahamas. She won it again (14.53) two years later, in Bridgetown. Moving up to the seniors, she took the gold medal at the 2003 Central American and Caribbean Championships in St George’s, Grenada.

But then a serious injury interrupted her progress. “Back in 1994 I tore the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) on my right knee,” Ennis-London recalled. “I was playing netball. I was going for the ball and fell and kind of sat on my knee. I realised when I tried to straighten it that it was so swollen.

“That was the lowest point in my life (at that time) because I was getting ready to leave the following year out of high school to try to get a scholarship to the States. I needed surgery and, thankfully, it worked out well. I was back running 13.6 the following year and this school in Texas, Abilene Christian University, gave me a full scholarship.”

There for four years, she graduated with a degree in Management in 1999, and having made steady progress as a hurdler, she then went straight onto the professional athletics circuit. In her first year, she qualified for the World Championships, in Sevilla, finishing seventh.

Fourth in the 2000 Olympics and winner at the Central American and Caribbean Championships in 2003, Ennis-London failed to make the 2004 Olympic final but came back in 2005 to take her silver in Helsinki. Since then she hasn’t stopped winning medals – bronze at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, gold at the 2007 Pan-American Games, bronze at the 2007 World Championships in a personal best 12.50.

Missing out on the 2003 World Championships, in Paris, counts among her lowest moments. “I came to the Paris St. Denis meet and, over the last hurdle, I twisted the same ACL knee,” she recalled. “That was my first major chance to get a gold, possibly. I was having my best year, competing with Gail Devers and beating Gail Devers.” The knee required a second operation.

Coached by her husband since 1998, the arrangement developed after injury cut short his racing career. “He ran a low 46sec but he was plagued with injury and never got the opportunity to go further,” Ennis-London said. “He started to help me so it all worked out as a blessing.

“I always tell myself that he is the best coach. He wasn’t a coach – he didn’t know anything about it. He wasn’t the coaches’ coach but I have got medals now to change that.  I would never give him up for anyone else.”

On her hopes for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Ennis-London said: “Definitely my hope is the gold medal. But I look at it this way. Going to a championship and coming away with any kind of medal is a big achievement, especially in the hurdles - it is so competitive that you could make one mistake, so you never know.”

Ennis-London hopes to continue until the 2012 London Olympics, by which time she will be 37. “If I’m blessed, and I’m not injured, and still competing against the best hurdlers I don’t see any problem,” she said. “It’s like Allen Johnson – he’s old but he went to the World Indoors (2008) and got a silver (aged 37).

“I may make it to the next Olympics, I may not, but right now I’m not going to say I’m going to retire next year, I’m going to retire the following year. I will see how my body feels – if I am injury-free and running great, fine. If I’m struggling that is the time for me to walk away.”

 

Personal Bests

100m Hurdles: 12.50 (2007)
60m Hurdles (i): 7.92 (2004)


Yearly Progression

100m Hurdles: 1992: 13.81; 1994: 13.96; 1996: 13.53/13.30w; 1997: 13.60/13.51w; 1998: 13.27/13.1w; 1999: 12.71/12.60w; 2000: 12.52; 2001: 12.57; 2003: 12.70; 2004: 12.51 2005: 12.57; 2006: 12.74; 2007 12.50; 2008: 12.54. 

 

Career Highlights


1992 SF World Junior Championships
1992 1st Carifta Games U20
1994 1st Carifta Games U20
1999 7th World Championships
2000 4th Olympic Games
2000 3rd Grand Prix Final
2003 1st Central American & Caribbean Championships
2004 SF World Indoor Championships (60m Hurdles)
2004 SF Olympic Games
2004 6th  World Athletics Final
2005 2nd World Championships
2005 3rd, World Athletics Final
2006 3rd  Commonwealth Games
2007 1st Pan-American Games
2007 3rd World Championships
2007 3rd World Athletics Final

 

Prepared by David Powell for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008.

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