Michelle Jenneke was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
She recently became an internet sensation, as the “Dancing Hurdler”, after footage of her pre-race warm-up dancing was captured at a 100 metres hurdles heat at the 2012 Junior World Championships in Barcelona and went viral. One version of the video has amassed more than 19 million views on YouTube. The footage has since been broadcast on media outlets worldwide.
Michelle trains at the Cherrybrook Athletics Club in the 100 metres hurdles and sprint events. Career highlights so far include winning a Silver medal in the 100 metres hurdles at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games and coming third in the 100 metres hurdles at the 2011 Australian Open Track & Field Championships. In the 100 metres hurdles, Jenneke is the reigning NSW Open Champion and current Australian Junior Champion.
Michelle competes in the 100 meter high hurdles for Australia. The most notable finishes in international events so far include a 5th place finish at the IAAF World Junior Championships in 2012, and a second place finish at the Youth Olympic Games in 2010 when she was 17 years old.