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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Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
- 2012 London - 16th (marathon)
- 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)
- 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
- Pimpama State School (QLD, Australia)
- Helensvale State High School (QLD, Australia)
- Bachelor Of Business Griffith University (2007- 2011)
Dick Telford (2002 - current)
Gold Coast Victory, Gold Coast, Qld, Australia
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.