Christine Sonali Merrill’s Balancing Act and Olympic Hopes

Christine Sonali Merrill deserves a shoutout.

Christine Merrill. (Photo from Djh57/Wikimedia Commons

The American-born Sri Lankan hurdler will compete in the London Olympics as a wild card, having missed the Olympic “B” standard by almost two-hundredths of a second. She has a personal best of 56.83s, set during the preliminary rounds of the Asian Athletics Championships last year in Kobe. Merrill eventually wound up in 3rd place, thanks to a strong finish.

A mechanical engineering graduate of University of California (San Diego), Merrill juggles a demanding day job with serious athletics training. In this day and age of sporting professionals, this is a rarity.

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I am familiar with such a routine. It is not a walk in the park.

Even if the Merrill’s Olympic medal hopes in London seem distant, she gives hope to those athletes who strive to balance a day job with their sporting pursuits. And according to her coach, Merrill could make an impact at the 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympic Games.

Additional Link:

Christine’s Facebook Page

Sources:

IAAF

UCSD Tritons article on Merrill

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8 responses to “Christine Sonali Merrill’s Balancing Act and Olympic Hopes

  1. pinoyathletics July 28, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Is Merrill half sri-lankan? she looks quite white, arent Sri Lankans usually alot darker in complexion?

  2. lankan July 28, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    sri lankans come in an assorted range of complexions..from inky black to euro white lol..

  3. francis rodriguez August 1, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    if she is truly american born…how can she represent another country?

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