Jessica Thornton

Jessica Thornton

Athletics Schedule & Results

(Local) / 10:00 PM 20 Aug (Rio)
Women's 4 x 400m Relay Final

3:27.45 (8th)


United States of America (USA)
Jamaica (JAM)
Great Britain (GBR)

(Local) / 08:40 PM 19 Aug (Rio)
Women's 4 x 400m Relay Round 1 - Heat 1

3:25.71 (4th)


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Athlete Biography

A brilliant second place in the national 400 metre championship by teenager Jessica Thornton, helped her secure selection in the 4x400m relay team for Rio. Thornton clocked 52.33, to just miss an individual 400m qualifier for Rio. She will make her Olympic debut in Rio as the youngest member of the Australian track and field team.

Thornton was even closer to a Rio qualifier in the 200 metres running 23.26 and 23.27, fractionally outside the standard of 23.20. Her 200m time was the fastest by an Australian junior for nearly 20 years.

Thornton burst onto the international scene in 2014 when she won the Youth Olympic Games 400 metres in Nanjing China.

In later July, on the road to Rio, Thornton competed in the IAAF world U20 championships, placing fourth in the 400m. She twice lowered her personal best, both times under the elusive Olympic qualifying mark, but unfortunately it was 11 days too late to earn her an individual run in Rio.

The University of Wollongong Nutrition Science student, is coached by Michael Dooley who has three athletes on the team for Rio - Ella Nelson and Anneliese Rubie (co-coached with Peter Fortune).

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Olympic Information

  • Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut.
  • 2014 Nanjing (China) - 1st (400m)

Recent Performances

  • 2nd (400m) – 2016 IAAF world U20 championships (Bydgoszcz, Poland)
  • 2nd (200m) - 2016 Australian Athletics Championships (Sydney, Australia)
  • 2nd (400m) - 2016 Australian Athletics Championships (Sydney, Australia)
  • 4th (4x400m Relay) – 2014 Continental Cup (Marrakesh, Morocco)
  • 1st (400m) – 2014 Youth Olympic Games (Nanjing, China)

Career Highlights

  • Winning a gold medal in the 400m at the Youth Olympic Games Nanjing China, 2014.
  • Running personal best time of 23.26s at 17 years of age in the 200m at the 2016 Canberra Track Classic. 0.06s outside the Olympic Games qualifying time for that event. Fastest Australian junior for 19 years.


  • Primary
    St Mary St Joseph Primary School Maroubra NSW Australia
  • Secondary
    Brigidine College Randwick NSW Australia
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor of Nutrition Science - University of Wollongong (2016 - )


  • Coach
    Michael Dooley (2013 - present)
  • Club
    Illawong & District Athletics Club, Menai, NSW, Australia.
  • Institute/Academy
  • Primary Training Base
    Sydney, Australia


Just follow a routine whether in training or competition
Favourite food
Massamum Beef
Favourite holiday destination
Favourite music
Everything including old classics
Dream car
Range Rover
Personal Motto
Never Give Up
Star Sign
I would spend my last $10 on
On Food
Piercings: Both ears and belly
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
Cathy Freeman winning gold in the 400m at Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
First Olympic Memory?
Holding the Olympic running torch before the Sydney Games in 2000.
Most Influential person in your career/life
My parents
Why this sport?
Because I love it