Tiffany Porter

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Tiffany Porter
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Porter at the 2016 European Indoor Championships
Personal information
Birth nameTiffany Adaeze Ofili
NationalityBritish, American
Born (1987-11-13) 13 November 1987 (age 36) [1]
Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States [2]
Alma mater University of Michigan
Height175 cm (5 ft 9 in) [1]
Weight68 kg (150 lb) [1]
Country United Kingdom
United States
Sport Track and field
Event(s) 60 metres hurdles
100 metres hurdles
200 metres
Long jump
College team University of Michigan
ClubBirchfield Harriers
Turned pro2009
Coached by Rana Reider [3]
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals Rio 2016
National finalsBritish Team Trials 2012/2016
Personal best(s)60m hurdles: 7.80 NR (2011) [4]
100m hurdles: 12.51 (2014)
Long jump: 6.48m (2009)

Dr. Tiffany Adaeze Porter ( née Ofili; born 13 November 1987) is a track and field athlete with joint British and American nationality who specialises in the 100 metres hurdles. She represented the United States as a junior, but began representing Great Britain in 2010 on joining the senior ranks after moving to England and competed for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. [5]


Porter won a bronze medal in the 100 m hurdles at the 2013 World Championships. In 2014, she won a silver medal representing England at the Commonwealth Games. Later in 2014 she took her first major title, a gold medal at the European Championships, becoming the first British woman to win a European title in the event. Her personal best of 12.51 is the current British record. She is also a two-time medallist over 60 m hurdles at the World Indoor Championships.

She is the sister of Cindy Sember, another elite-level sprint hurdler with dual British and American nationality; Sember, too, chose to represent Great Britain internationally. Unlike Porter, Sember had never represented the United States as a junior. Both sisters made the final of the 100 metre hurdles at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Early life

Tiffany Porter's father Felix is Nigerian, her mother Lalana is British of African descent. Porter was born in the United States. She has held both American and British nationality since her birth. She has therefore been eligible to represent both the United States and Great Britain. She describes herself as "proud to be American, British and Nigerian". [6]


Tiffany (Ofili) Porter (2006-09) is a five-time NCAA national champion and All-America selection during Hall of Fame University of Michigan Wolverines women's track and field career. [7] Ofili won three straight national crowns (2007-09) in the 100-meter hurdles. [8]

Athletics career

As an American athlete, Porter represented the United States at the inaugural NACAC Championships winning a silver medal. However, at the end of the 2010 season, she changed her allegiance to Great Britain. Commenting on her switch, she said: "I knew I was going to perform no matter what vest I had on. I have always regarded myself as British, American and Nigerian. I'm all three." [9]

On 29 May 2011, at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games, Porter broke Angie Thorp's 15-year-old British record of 12.80s in the 100m Hurdles with a run of 12.77s. [10] Thorp said that she was "devastated" at losing her record to an American-born athlete. Thorp said that she would have congratulated an established British athlete who took her record; at the time Jessica Ennis and Sarah Claxton both had personal bests of 12.81s. [11]

Porter lowered her British record on 22 July 2011, with a time of 12.60s at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco, breaking her previous personal best of 12.73s (set when she was still a US athlete). Her record was broken on 3 August 2012 by Jessica Ennis in the London Olympics heptathlon achieving 12.54s. [12] In September 2011 she was nominated for "European Athlete of the Year". [13] In October 800m runner Mariya Savinova was announced as the winner. [14]

UK Athletics head coach, Charles van Commenee gave Porter the responsibility of the team captaincy ahead of the 2012 World Indoor Championships in March; [15] she was subsequently labelled a "Plastic Brit" after refusing (or being unable) to recite the words of the British national anthem in a press conference.[ citation needed ]

In 2012 Porter was nominated for "European Athlete of the Month" twice. In March she was nominated along with fellow Brits Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Yamile Aldama. [16] She was nominated again in May, this time with Hannah England and eventual winner Jessica Ennis. [17]

In 2013 Porter switched coaches from James Henry to Rana Reider, and moved to Loughborough to train with Reider's group at Loughborough University's High Performance Centre. [18] At the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, she won a bronze medal in the 100 m Hurdles in a personal best time of 12.55 seconds, just one hundredth of a second off Jessica Ennis' British record of 12.54.

Porter began 2014 by winning a bronze medal in the 60 m hurdles at the World Indoor Championships. Then in August, she ran 12.80 to win a silver medal in the 100 m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, behind Sally Pearson of Australia. Two weeks later, she won the European Championships in Zurich, with a time of 12.76. In September, at the IAAF Continental Cup, she broke the UK record with a time of 12.51 secs, finishing behind Dawn Harper-Nelson of the US.

Personal life

Porter is the older sister of the hurdler Cindy Ofili, who also competes for Great Britain.

Porter married American hurdler Jeff Porter in May 2011, [10] and began to compete under her married name in July 2011, initially as Tiffany Ofili-Porter, then simply as Tiffany Porter. [19] She graduated from the University of Michigan with a PhD in pharmacology in 2012. [20]

International competitions

Representing the Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2006 World Junior Championships Beijing, China 3rd100 m hurdles 13.37 (0.0 m/s)
2007 NACAC Championships San Salvador, El Salvador 2nd100 m hurdles 13.27
2008 NACAC U-23 Championships Toluca, México 1st100m hurdles 12.82 (-0.6 m/s)A
Representing Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain / Flag of England.svg  England
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 2nd60 m hurdles 7.80
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 4th100 m hurdles 12.63
heats4 × 100 m relay 43.95
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 2nd60 m hurdles 7.94
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom semi-final100 m hurdles 12.79
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 3rd100 m hurdles 12.55
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 3rd60 m hurdles 7.86
Commonwealth Games Glasgow, Scotland 2nd100 m hurdles 12.80
European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 1st100 m hurdles 12.76
Continental Cup Marrakesh, Morocco 2nd100 m hurdles12.51
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 5th100 m hurdles 12.68
2016 World Indoor Championships Portland, United States 3rd60 m hurdles 7.90
European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 3rd100 m hurdles 12.76
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 7th100 m hurdles 12.76
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 29th (h)100 m hurdles 13.18
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 6th100 m hurdles 13.12
2021 European Indoor Championships Torun, Poland 3rd60 m hurdles 7.92
Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 18th (sf)100 m hurdles 12.86

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