Lashinda Demus is an athlete competing in Track & Field at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

Lashinda Demus will make her second Olympic appearance for the U.S. this summer in London, where she figures to be a medal contender in the 400m hurdles, an event no American woman has ever won. A 2004 Olympian, Demus finished fourth at the 2008 Olympic Trials and did not make the squad. Demus won the 2012 Olympic Trials in 53.98.

Demus knocked two goals off of her list at the 2011 World Outdoor Championships when she won the women's 400m hurdles in an American record time. Her winning time of 52.47 is the third-fastest in history. 

Demus became the fifth-fastest woman ever over the 400m hurdles in 2009 when she ran 52.63 to win in Monaco. She followed that up with a silver medal performance at the 2009 World Outdoor Championships in Berlin. Four consecutive wins in 2010 that included a 52.82 in Rome led to Demus' No. 1 world-ranking by Track & Field News for the year.

Demus had hoped to represent the United States at the Olympics for the second time in her career in Beijing, but after leading most of the 400m hurdles final at the Olympic Trials Demus finished fourth and did not make the team. Demus was the world's top-ranked intermediate hurdler in 2006 but missed all of 2007 after giving birth to twins.

In 2006, Lashinda Demus won her second straight national title in 2006 in the 400m hurdles in a then-personal best and world-leading time of 53.07 seconds. She also won the $100,000 first prize in the Visa Championship Series with her performance. The victories came on the heels of a stellar season the year before, when she won gold at the World Championships in Helsinki.

Known primarily as an open 400m runner coming out of the University of South Carolina, where she won the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships in the quarter, Demus looked great early in the 400m hurdles at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. After opening a sizeable lead, she clipped the penultimate hurdle. After falling back to fourth place, Demus managed to pick off one runner, moving into third place to claim the last spot on the Olympic Team.

In winning the 2002 U.S. Junior title in 56.35, Demus would've placed second at the 2002 USA Outdoor Championships behind winner Sandra Glover (ranked #3 in the world, #1 U.S.). She went on to break the world junior record by clocking 54.70 to win the 2002 World Junior Championship in Kingston, Jamaica. Demus led that race from wire-to-wire and won by almost a second and a half.

Demus is the daughter of Duaine and Yolanda Demus. Her mother, the former Yolanda Rich, was an NCAA 400m champion at Cal State Los Angeles. When Demus was younger, her parents coached an age-group track team. As a result, she started running against older kids at age five. Growing up, her mother had her compete in the 800m to build endurance.


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Age: 34 years old
Birthday: March 10, 1983
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 137 lbs.
Birthplace: Inglewood, CA
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Current Residence: Palmdale, CA

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