<h5>20th Commonwealth Games - Day 4: Athletics</h5>
<p>GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 27: Michael Shelley of Australia celebrates after winning the Men's Marathon on the city marathon course during day four of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 27, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.</p>
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Michael Shelley

Michael Shelley

Athletics Schedule & Results

(Local) / 09:30 AM 21 Aug (Rio)
Men's Marathon

2:18:06 (47th)

Eliud Kipchoge (KEN)
Feyisa Lilesa (ETH)
Galen Rupp (USA)

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Athlete Biography

Michael Shelley secured his ticket to Rio with two Olympic qualifying times and the fastest two times by an Australian in 2015. In July he was 12th in the London Marathon in a time of 2:11.19, just four seconds shy of his marathon personal best. He was also 12th in the 2015 Berlin Marathon (2:12.20).

After taking up athletics in year nine at high school, Shelley competed in the 3000m steeplechase at the 2002 IAAF World Junior Championships in Jamaica, placing 13th in his heat. After returning home from Jamaica he moved to the AIS to be coached by Richard Telford, who continues to be his coach 14 years later.

The Queensland born athlete first ran into the spotlight with a surprising silver medal at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games in what was only his second marathon. Two years later he made his Olympic debut in London and was Australia’s best performer in the men’s marathon, finishing 16th in a time of 2:14.10.

Shelley claimed the marathon gold at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and became the first Australian to win the Commonwealth Games men's marathon since Steve Moneghetti in 1994.

Now living on the Gold Coast, Shelley completed a Bachelor of Business at Griffith University in 2011.

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Olympic Information

  • 2012 London - 16th (marathon)

Recent Performances

  • 20th (half marathon) – 2016 IAAF World Half Marathon Champs (Cardiff, GBR)
  • 12th (marathon) – 2015 London Marathon (London, GBR)
  • 12th (marathon) – 2015 Berlin Marathon (Berlin, Germany)
  • 1st (10km) – 2015 Sydney Harbour 10K (Sydney, Australia)
  • 1st (marathon) – 2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, Scotland)

Career Highlights

  • Becoming an Olympian in 2012
  • Winning the Commonwealth Games Mens Marathon in Glasgow 2014
  • Winning the silver medal at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games in the marathon


  • Primary
    Pimpama State School (QLD, Australia)
  • Secondary
    Helensvale State High School (QLD, Australia)
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor Of Business Griffith University (2007- 2011)


  • Coach
    Dick Telford (2002 - current)
  • Club
    Gold Coast Victory, Gold Coast, Qld, Australia
  • Institute/Academy
  • Primary Training Base
    Gold Coast, Australia


Favourite food
Pizza, chocolate
Favourite holiday destination
London as there are so many things to see and do
Favourite music
I listen to most music apart from country, depending on the mood I am in.
Dream car
Aston Martin
Personal Motto
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger
Star Sign
I would spend my last $10 on
Olympic Rings
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Most Influential person in your career/life
Parents and My Coach
Why this sport?
Because you are responsible for your result.