Levern SPENCER

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Saint Lucia Saint Lucia
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    23 JUN 1984
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    179234
High jumper Levern Spencer of St Lucia (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
100 Metres 11.70 * +2.8 Albany, NY (USA) 16 APR 2005
200 Metres 24.22 Orlando, FL (USA) 30 APR 2005
High Jump 1.98 Athens (USA) 08 MAY 2010
Long Jump 6.08 0.0 Athens (USA) 12 APR 2014

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
High Jump 1.95 Sopot (POL) 07 MAR 2014
Long Jump 5.77 Gainesville, FL (USA) 26 JAN 2008

Legend

* Not legal.

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
High Jump 1.96 Athina (GRE) 13 JUN 2018

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
High Jump 1.95 Třinec (CZE) 30 JAN 2018

Outdoor

200 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2005 24.22 Orlando, FL (USA) 30 APR 2005

Outdoor

High Jump

Performance Place Date
2018 1.96 Athina (GRE) 13 JUN 2018
2017 1.92 Baie Mahault (FRA) 17 MAY 2017
2016 1.96 Paris (FRA) 27 AUG 2016
2015 1.94 Toronto (CAN) 22 JUL 2015
2014 1.96 Athens (USA) 12 APR 2014
2013 1.95 Morelia (MEX) 05 JUL 2013
2012 1.91 Regensburg (GER) 02 JUN 2012
2011 1.94 Hengelo (NED) 29 MAY 2011
2010 1.98 Athens (USA) 08 MAY 2010
2009 1.95 Zaragoza (ESP) 18 JUL 2009
2008 1.93 Athens (USA) 19 APR 2008
2007 1.94 Osaka (JPN) 31 AUG 2007
2006 1.90 Walnut (USA) 15 APR 2006
2005 1.94 Nassau (BAH) 10 JUL 2005
2004 1.88 St. George's (GRN) 29 MAY 2004
2003 1.86 St. George's (GRN) 29 MAR 2003
2002 1.83 Kingston (JAM) 20 JUL 2002
2001 1.84 St. George's (GRN) 27 JUN 2001
2000 1.73 St. George's (GRN) 22 APR 2000

Outdoor

Long Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2014 6.08 0.0 Athens (USA) 12 APR 2014
2005 5.95 -1.0 Atlanta, GA (USA) 13 MAY 2005

Indoor

High Jump

Performance Place Date
2017/18 1.95 Třinec (CZE) 30 JAN 2018
2016/17 1.91 Des Moines, IA (USA) 29 APR 2017
2015/16 1.95 Hustopece (CZE) 13 FEB 2016
2013/14 1.95 Sopot (POL) 07 MAR 2014
2011/12 1.88 Istanbul (TUR) 09 MAR 2012
2009/10 1.92 Stockholm (SWE) 10 FEB 2010
2007/08 1.90 Clemson, SC (USA) 19 JAN 2008
2006/07 1.89 Fayetteville, AR (USA) 09 MAR 2007
2005/06 1.88 Gainesville, FL (USA) 26 FEB 2006

Indoor

Long Jump

Performance Place Date
2007/08 5.77 Gainesville, FL (USA) 26 JAN 2008

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
6. High Jump 1.93 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 20 AUG 2016

Honours - World Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
5. High Jump 1.93 Portland, OR (USA) 20 MAR 2016
7. High Jump 1.94 Sopot (POL) 08 MAR 2014

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. High Jump 1.93 Ostrava (CZE) 09 SEP 2018
3. High Jump 1.88 Split (CRO) 05 SEP 2010
5. High Jump 1.87 Marrakesh (MAR) 14 SEP 2014

Honours - World U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
8. High Jump 1.83 Kingston (JAM) 20 JUL 2002

Honours - World U18 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. High Jump 1.81 Debrecen (HUN) 15 JUL 2001

Honours - NACAC Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. High Jump 1.91 Toronto (CAN) 10 AUG 2018
1. High Jump 1.91 San José (CRC) 09 AUG 2015

Honours - Pan American Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. High Jump 1.94 Toronto (CAN) 22 JUL 2015
3. High Jump 1.87 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 25 JUL 2007
5. High Jump 1.83 Santo Domingo (DOM) 08 AUG 2003
7. High Jump 1.81 Guadalajara (MEX) 26 OCT 2011

Honours - Diamond League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. High Jump 1.94 Shanghai (CHN) 14 MAY 2016

Honours - Commonwealth Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. High Jump 1.95 Gold Coast (AUS) 14 APR 2018
3. High Jump 1.92 Glasgow (GBR) 01 AUG 2014
3. High Jump 1.88 New Delhi (IND) 10 OCT 2010
5. High Jump 1.83 Melbourne (AUS) 23 MAR 2006

Honours - CAC Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. High Jump 1.95 Morelia (MEX) 05 JUL 2013
1. High Jump 1.82 Mayagüez (PUR) 16 JUL 2011
1. High Jump 1.91 La Habana (CUB) 04 JUL 2009
1. High Jump 1.91 Cali (COL) 05 JUL 2008
1. High Jump 1.94 Nassau (BAH) 10 JUL 2005

Honours - CAC Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. High Jump 1.90 Barranquilla (COL) 02 AUG 2018
1. High Jump 1.89 Veracruz (MEX) 26 NOV 2014
1. High Jump 1.94 Mayagüez (PUR) 26 JUL 2010

Honours - NACAC U23 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. High Jump 1.81 Santo Domingo (DOM) 08 JUL 2006
2. High Jump 1.85 Sherbrooke (CAN) 31 JUL 2004
Results in:

High Jump

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
14 APR 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games AUSAUS A F 1. 1.95
27 APR 2018 Des Moines Drake Relays USAUSA D F 3. 1.88
12 MAY 2018 Shanghai IAAF Diamond League CHNCHN GW F 4. 1.85
31 MAY 2018 Roma Golden Gala - Pietro Mennea ITAITA GW F 7. 1.88
03 JUN 2018 Hengelo FBK Games NEDNED A F 5. 1.91
10 JUN 2018 Stockholm BAUHAUS-galan SWESWE GW F 6. 1.90
13 JUN 2018 Athina Filothei Women Gala 2018 GREGRE E F 1. 1.96
30 JUN 2018 Paris Meeting FRAFRA GW F 9. 1.90
04 JUL 2018 Joensuu Games FINFIN D F 1. 1.92
08 JUL 2018 Bragança Paulista Grande Premio Brasil de Atletismo BRABRA A F 1. 1.92
13 JUL 2018 Rabat Meeting International Mohammed VI D'Athletisme MARMAR GW F 9. 1.90
18 JUL 2018 Liège Meeting Internationale de la Province de Liège BELBEL C F 2. 1.91
22 JUL 2018 London Müller Anniversary Games GBRGBR GW F 10. 1.87
02 AUG 2018 Barranquilla CAC Games COLCOL C F 1. 1.90
10 AUG 2018 Toronto NACAC Championships CANCAN GL F 1. 1.91
30 AUG 2018 Zürich Weltklasse SUISUI DF F 5. 1.85
09 SEP 2018 Ostrava IAAF Continental Cup CZECZE GW F1 3. 1.93

High Jump Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
12 JAN 2018 Birmingham UAB Blazer Invite USAUSA F F 1. 1.86
13 JAN 2018 Birmingham UAB Vulcan Invitational USAUSA F F 1. 1.86
20 JAN 2018 Clemson Invitational USAUSA F F 1. 1.90
25 JAN 2018 Ostrava Czech Indoor Gala CZECZE D F 4. 1.88
27 JAN 2018 Hustopeče High Jump Meeting CZECZE E F1 1. 1.93
30 JAN 2018 Třinec High Jump Meeting CZECZE E F 1. 1.95
03 FEB 2018 Karlsruhe Indoor Meeting GERGER A F 4. 1.92
06 FEB 2018 Banská Bystrica High Jump Meeting SVKSVK E F1 2. 1.94
09 FEB 2018 Eaubonne Meeting Elite FRAFRA D F 2. 1.93
15 FEB 2018 Toruń Copernicus Cup POLPOL A F 4. 1.90
25 FEB 2018 Glasgow Müller Indoor Grand Prix GBRGBR A F 3. 1.88
01 MAR 2018 Birmingham IAAF World Indoor Championships GBRGBR GW F 10. 1.84


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Updated 02 September 2010

Levern SPENCER, Saint Lucia (High Jump)
Born: 23 June 1984, Babonneau, Castries, St.Lucia
Lives: Athens, Georgia, USA
1.80m/50kg
Coach: Wayne Norton
Managers: John Regis, Gregory Dickson


Levern Spencer describes herself as “a bit of an introvert”. She will have no choice, though, to be in the spotlight at the IAAF/VTB Bank Continental Cup.

Spencer will represent Americas in the women’s high jump, an event that will also feature Continental Cup poster girl Blanka Vlasic.

Vlasic has been in superb form, and Spencer acknowledges she will be difficult to beat in front of her home crowd.

“My realistic Continental Cup goal is placing after World champion Blanka Vlasic, or if she has a very bad day then defeating her. I have only done that once in my career when she had a very bad day so hopefully history can repeat itself. She has been having another consistent season and looks unbeatable at present, but who knows.”

In May, this year, Spencer established a new St. Lucia record, the Athens, Georgia (USA) resident clearing the bar at 1.98 metres to grab top spot at the Georgia Invitational.

She was also impressive at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, in late July, the 26-year-old athlete striking gold with a 1.94 metres clearance.

Since that triumph, however, she has lost form. Spencer’s best jump in her last six meets - between 6 August and 1 September – is just 1.88 metres.
“I don't have any particular height in mind [at the Continental Cup] because I have been struggling a bit over the last few meets. Just want to go back to the high 90s and if everything is equal I can perhaps break the 2-metre barrier.”

Spencer definitely has the ability to join the elite 2-metre club. Perhaps, she could have been an elite sprinter as well.

“I got involved in track and field at the primary school level. It is just something that all kids do. My specialty then was sprinting. I realised I was good at sprinting when, even at that level, I was able to not just defeat all my peers but even persons older than I was. The encouragement came from my then coach Leo Amede, teachers and students, family and my home church youth group president Gregory Dickson.”

Spencer has a strong spiritual focus, and though she is now based in the United States, Dickson is part of her management team.

“I never had any idols growing up and I still don't have any, but my local manager, Gregory Dickson has been my mentor for a very long time and still is. I have tried to put into practice what he has taught me because he is also my church leader.”

During her sprinting days, back home in St. Lucia, Spencer enjoyed a victory on the track that would prove to have long term benefits.

“At age 12, when representing my home church at an athletic meet, I defeated a much older national athlete who was one of the best sprinters in St. Lucia at that time. Of course I was elated, and many of my supporters too. This taught me that when you take something seriously and train hard, there is no limit to what you can achieve, and so I have gone through my athletic career with that in mind.”

The lesson has served Spencer well, the St. Lucian doing her island nation proud by earning the right to compete on the biggest sporting stage.

“My biggest achievement to date would have to be qualifying for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, since I am from a small country where just a small pool of athletes have made it to that level. Also, qualifying for the finals of the World Championships, in Osaka, Japan, in 2007, where I had to actually equal my personal best of 1.94 at the time to do so.”

The Beijing experience, however, was bitter-sweet.

“My [biggest] disappointment to date would have to be not qualifying for the finals of the Beijing Olympics because of unfavourable weather conditions. I had come into the competition with high hopes of making the finals since I had been having a very prolific year.”

With a population of just 173,000, St. Lucia is a close-knit society.

“I am encouraged by the fact that it is a small country where everybody knows everybody, so when I am there I meet people on a daily basis who would offer congratulatory remarks and words of encouragement. In St. Lucia I lived in the suburban community of Babonneau which is about 15 minutes drive from the capital, Castries.”

Spencer grabs any opportunity to visit her country.

“My biggest interest outside of track and field is my spiritual life. I am a devout Christian and love to spend time with my church family. Whenever I am in my country of St. Lucia, which is sometimes three times a year, I have a lot of fellowship in church and around my church family. And in Athens, Georgia, where I reside at present, you will find me in church every Sunday.”

Spencer is a standout athlete regionally, capturing CAC titles as well as Pan Am Games bronze. She has also tasted global success. As a 17-year-old, Spencer bagged bronze at the 2001 World Youth (under-18) Championships, in Debrecen, Hungary.

“The people mainly responsible for my success are my high school coach Gregory Lubin in St. Lucia, my current coach Wayne Norton, head coach of the University Of Georgia, Dickson and my mum AnnMarie Spencer.”

Leverne is currently seventh on the 2010 world performance list, thanks to her 1.98 metres national record.

“My biggest goals for 2010 were improving on my personal record, being more competitive on the European circuit and winning gold at the Commonwealth Games in India. I have achieved the first two and now I look forward to the Commonwealth Games in October.”

But, like all elite athletes, the ultimate goal is Olympic success.

“My Olympic dreams are qualifying for the next two Olympics - in 2012 and 2016 - before I retire, and hopefully winning a medal at one of them, something that has not yet been done by anyone from my country.”


Personal Bests
High Jump: 1.98 metres (2010)

Yearly Progression
High Jump: 2000: 1.80; 2001: 1.84; 2002: 1.83; 2003: 1.86; 2004: 1.88; 2005: 1.94; 2006: 1.90; 2007: 1.94; 2008: 1.93; 2009: 1.95; 2010: 1.98

Career Highlights
2001    1st     Carifta Games U20 (Bridgetown)     1.79
2001    3rd      World Youth Championships (Debrecen)   1.81
2001     1st     *CAC Championships (Guatemala City)   1.80
2002     2nd     Carifta Games U20 (Nassau)    1.82
2002     1st      *CAC U20 Championships (Bridgetown)    1.81
2002     8th     World Junior Championships (Kingston)    1.83
2003     2nd    Carifta Games U20 (Port-of-Spain)    1.86 
2003     2nd     Pan Am Junior Championships (Bridgetown)    1.83
2003      5th     Pan Am Games (Santo Domingo)   1.83
2004     2nd     **NACAC Under-23 Championships (Sherbrooke)  1.85
2005     1st     *CAC Championships (Nassau)  1.94       
2006     5th      Commonwealth Games (Melbourne)  1.83    
2006    1st      ** NACAC Under-23 Championships (Santo Domingo)  1.81      
2006     3rd      *CAC Games (Cartagena)    1.88       
2007     1st      **NACAC Championships (San Salvador)  1.89     
2007     3rd      Pan Am Games (Rio de Janeiro) 1.87
2007     15th     World Championships (Osaka)  1.90        
2008      1st       *CAC Championships (Cali)   1.91
2009     1st      *CAC Championships (Havana)  1.91
2010      1st      *CAC Games (Mayaguez)   1.94 

* CAC = Central American & Caribbean
**NACAC = North America, Central America & Caribbean

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