Michael Tinsley

Michael Tinsley
Michael Tinsley cropped London 2012.jpg
Tinsley at the 2012 London Olympics
Personal information
Born (1984-04-21) April 21, 1984 (age 38)[1]
Little Rock, Arkansas
Height6 ft (1.8 m)[1]
Weight180 lb (82 kg)[1]
SportTrack and field
Event(s)400m Hurdles
University teamJackson State Tigers
Turned pro2006
Coached byDarryl Woodson
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)200m: 20.66s (Oxford 2009)
400m: 46.05s (Greensboro 2007)
400mh: 47.70s (Moscow 2013)
Updated on 15 August 2013.

Michael Tinsley (born April 21, 1984 in Little Rock, Arkansas) is an American track and field athlete specializing in the 400 metres hurdles.

Early life

Tinsley, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas,[2] was born on April 21, 1984. He attended Little Rock's Joe T. Robinson High School and Jackson State University.[1]


Tinsley achieved a personal best in the 400-meter hurdles in 2007 with a time of 48.02 seconds. He placed third at the 2010 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a time of 48.46 seconds.[1] He won the 400-meter hurdles event at the 2012 US Olympic Trials with a time of 48.33 seconds and earned a spot on the US Olympic team.[3]

Tinsley won his first heat in the 400-meter hurdles at the Olympics in 49.13 seconds. He then won his semifinal in a season best time of 48.13 seconds.[4] On August 6, 2012 Tinsley won silver at the 2012 London Olympics in the 400 meters hurdles, in a new personal best time of 47.91. In 2013, Tinsley followed up his silver medal at the London Olympics with a silver medal at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.

Personal life

Michael Tinsley has two sons MyKayle and Titus Tinsley.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Michael Tinsley". USA Track & Field. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
  2. ^ "Little Rock Native Makes 2012 Olympics U.S. Track Team". Nexstar Broadcasting. July 2, 2012. Archived from the original on January 17, 2013. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
  3. ^ "Tinsley headed to London after win the 400 hurdles at the US track trials". The Washington Post. Associated Press. July 1, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2012.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Michael Tinsley". NBC Olympics. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  5. ^ Spikes

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