Kellie Wells is at it again.
First, we featured her on the website when we interviewed her and posted a gallery of her track and field and modelling accomplishments (click to view) knowing that she was going to break it big in the track world as she was on the come-back from injury. Next, she caught fire indoors, winning all nine of her races including the U.S. Indoor Championship in a personal-best 7.79 in the 60m hurdles, and is NOT cooling off.
At the Diamond League opener in Doha, she clocked a world-leading 12.58 in the 100m hurdles, and has finished runner up at the Diamond League Golden Gala in Rome and adidas Grand Prix in New York. Now, she’s proving she’s taking another step towards her road to London 2012 by winning the USA World Championships in a staggering time of 12.50 seconds with a +1.8 wind.
DAEGU, HERE WE COME!!!
And as for the rest of her competition… “Come get it”… : )
Pictures Will Be Added As They Become Available!!
Check Out The Video Below
If Anyone Has Video Of Her Interview After The Race, Please Make It Available As For Athletes Who Has Been Through So Much To Become Who They Are Will Truly Find It Touching.
Interview After The Finals
SEMI FINALS HEAT 2 PRELIMS HEAT 3
Interview after Heat 3 … making peace with her lane that has previously caused injury.
50% Physical, 50% Mental, 100% Amazing
On day two of the Outdoor Championships, Wells was interviewed via Universal Sports:
It seems like the women’s 100m hurdles in this country is always loaded, and no matter who makes the team, there are just as many who narrowly miss it. What are you doing to make sure you are one of the three that makes it?
This year, we have been focused mostly on mental preparation. In the hurdles, if you have that one split second of miss-thought, that could be the entire race. My coach, Dennis Mitchell, has been taking time to help prepare mentally for this because you have to go round by round, race by race. I have run a lot of the Diamond Leagues so that coming into this, it’s just like a normal race. We’re trying not to overcomplicate things. The goal is to go have fun, race three times, and come out on top.
You had an interesting experience at the 2008 Olympic Trials. Can you tell us about that and how things have gone for you since?
In 2008, I was having the series of my life. I came into the Trials ranked moderately high but I was running immaculately. In the semifinals, I ran my personal-best of 12.58. As I was crossing the finish line, I looked up at the board and saw 12.58 and I was like, ‘Yes! I’m ready.’ As I was slowing down – I feel like I need dramatic music in the background – my hamstring tore. I hit the ground and it was the worst pain I had ever felt. I wasn’t able to compete in the final. A lot of people picked me to make the team, but I don’t go by picks or anything like that. It just wasn’t my destiny at that point.
I was out for the rest of 2008 and then I was gone for most of 2009. My hamstring just took forever to heal. We tried everything but I was always in pain. We decided just to shut it down and just rest up. We came back for 2010 and I was runner-up at the U.S. Championships. Now this year, I won the U.S. Indoor Championships (in the 60m hurdles) with a time of 7.79, and I am the current world leader with a 12.58. Mentally, I am where I need to be now. I am so confident. I don’t think about, ‘What’s going to happen if I tell my body to go and it just goes?’ I am so excited to run. I am happy to run.
You were kind of a late bloomer to the hurdles. Can you talk a little bit about that?
I went to a smaller school, a historically black college (Hampton) and we kind of get overlooked at times. I was always ranked pretty high in the nation. I was an All-American a few times. It wasn’t that I wasn’t a permanent fixture as a hurdler, but it was tough going to a smaller school and not the Floridas or the USCs. Even in my class, we had Ginnie Crawford, Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, and Dawn Harper so there were a lot of people to pay attention to. I’d rather take the recognition later than earlier. I don’t want to have it all earlier then peter out in the end. I’m going into my 30s now and they say when a hurdler hits 30 she gets amazing. I’m definitely stepping into my own now.
PR: 100mH - 12.50; 60mH – 7.79
Born: July 16, 1982
Current Residence: Orlando, Fla.
High School: James River HS ‘02
Coach: Dennis Mitchell
Agent: Robert Wagner
Fanpage: Kellie Wells
2011: USA Indoor champion (7.79)… ranked #1 in the U.S. and world indoors…
- 1st at Doha (12.58)…
- 2nd at Rome (12.73)…
- 2nd at adidas Grand Prix (13.06).
2010: 2nd at USA Outdoor Champs (12.84)…
- Ranked #9 in the U.S. outdoors…
- 6th at USA Indoor Champs (7.98)…
- Ranked #8 in the U.S. indoors…
2008: 3rd at USA Indoor Champs (8.02)…
- Ranked # 6 in the U.S. indoors…
- Qualified for Olympic trial finals but did not compete because of injury…
- Ranked #5 in the U.S. outdoors…
2007: 6th at USA Indoor Champs (8.12)…
2006: 6th at NCAA Indoor Champs (8.08)…
About the Author: TheCoach knows his stuff. Now you can either utilize the knowledge, or regret that you didn't.