Madeline Hills secured her ticket to Rio and Olympic debut with a 10 second victory in the women’s steeplechase at the 2016 Australian Athletics Championships. In the final round of selections in July, she was also named to run the 5000 metres, enabling her to compete in the same double she did at the 2015 IAAF world championships.
Madeline Hills first appeared on the international athletics track in early 2000s, placing third in the 1500m at the 2003 Australian Youth Olympic festival, and competing at the World Juniors in Italy the following year. She was forced to withdraw from the 2006 World Juniors and took a remarkably long break from the sport.
She returned to the sport after an seven-year absence in 2013. During her absence she focused on establishing her career as a pharmacist, studied a Masters of International Public Health, travelled around the globe and met her husband Chris in Africa in 2010. The couple married at the end of 2015.
Three months after returning to the track, Hills qualified for the 3000m steeplechase at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, where she placed fourth.
In 2015 Hills had an amazing European season. She became the second fastest Australian steeplechaser in history (behind Donna McFarlane), third fastest in the 3000m and sixth fastest over 5000m with her new personal best times. At the 2015 World Championships in Beijing she was fourth in her heat.
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3000m Steeplechase Women, 5000m Women
Shellharbour, NSW, Australia
Wollongong, NSW, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut
- 5th (3000m steeplechase) - 2016 Stockholm Diamond League (Stockholm, Sweden)
- 4th (3000m steeplechase) - 2016 Bislett Games - Diamond League (Oslo, Norway)
- 1st (3000m steeplechase) – 2016 Australian Championships (Sydney, Australia)
- 1st (3000m steeplechase) – 2016 IAAF World Challenge (Melbourne, Australia)
- 16th (3000m steeplechase) – 2015 IAAF World Championships (Beijing, China)
- Returned to the sport following an 8 year absence (where I focused on establishing my career as a pharmacist around Australia, travelled around the globe and studied a Masters of International Public Health). Qualified for Commonwealth Games Team (2014) in both 3000m steeplechase and 5000m within 3 months of returning to the track
- Commonwealth Games 2014 - finished 4th behind a trio of Kenyans in a new PB
- In 2015 - became the second fastest Australian steeplechaser in history (behind Donna McFarlane), third fastest 3000m in history and sixth fastest over the 5000m. Qualified for both 5000m and 3000m steeplechase at 2015 World Championships (Beijing) and the 2016 Rio Olympics
- Jamberoo Public School, NSW, Australia
- Smiths Hill High School, Wollongong ,NSW
- Bachelor of Pharmacy - Sydney University (2005-2008), Masters of International Public Health - University of NSW (2013-2015)
Adam Didyk (2013 - current)
Kembla Joggers - Wollongong - NSW (Australia)
- Favourite food
- Favourite holiday destination
- Uganda - fell in love with my husband Chris in 2010 white water rafting the Nile river and backpacking around East Africa
- Favourite music
- Personal Motto
- Be the change you wish to see in the world
- I would spend my last $10 on
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My husband (Chris) and my parents
- Why this sport?
- You just run. Fast. Pure and simple.