Track Beauty of the Week: Ashleigh Nelson

Ashleigh Nelson is this week’s track beauty!

Athletes in track & field usually reach their peaks in their mid- to late-20’s. Unlike sports like gymnastics and swimming, where relatively younger athletes excel, the age average in elite athletics events like the Olympics and World Championships are skewed towards the physically mature. Seeing teenagers amongst Olympic lineups is a rarity.

Photo from The Telegraph

Nelson did just that. As a prodigious 17-year old sprinter, Ashleigh was named to Britain’s 4x100m Olympic relay team in 2008. Although she did not see action in Beijing, her selection spoke volumes about her talent. As a fourteen year old, Nelson ran a then personal best of 11.58s in the 100m dash.

In 2007, she won struck 100m dash bronze at the World Youth Championships in Ostrava. A year later, Ashleigh went up to silver at the World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz.

The Briton has a personal best of 11.36s from 2009, set when she was still only 18-years old. However, an unfortunate string of injuries has hampered her gradual rise through the sprinting ranks.

Read: “Nelson sets sights on return to track”

Her 2010 season’s best fell to 11.54s. Fortunately, her renewed focus on conditioning has borne fruit. In 2011, Ashleigh ran 11.38s in Switzerland – two-hundredths of second from her personal best.

For an athlete blessed with god-given talent and iron-clad resolve, the future looks bright.

Additional Links:

IAAF biography

BBC article

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