Nicole Sifuentes


Nicole Sifuentes (née Edwards; born 30 June 1986) is a Canadian track and field athlete who specialises in middle-distance running events.

Nicole Sifuentes
Nicole Edwards Sifuentes at the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014
Personal information
NationalityCanadian
Born (1986-06-30) 30 June 1986 (age 34)[1]
Winnipeg, Manitoba[1]
Height177 cm (5 ft 9 12 in)[1]
Weight55 kg (121 lb)[1]
Sport
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Middle-distance running
Turned pro2008
Retired2018

Career


Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, her first global outing came at the 2003 World Youth Championships in Athletics in Sherbrooke where she reached the semi-finals of the 800 metres.[2] After graduating from high school, she went to the United States to study at the University of Michigan.[3] Competing for the Michigan Wolverines, she had success with the college's relay team, which included a collegiate record double in the 4×800 metres relay and 4×1500 metres relay at the 2007 Penn Relays.[4][5] At the following year's event, Edwards ran the meet's second fastest ever distance medley relay with the Michigan team, and repeated the same feat in the 4 × 1500 m relay.[6][7]

The 2010 season marked a breakthrough into the senior national track team. She was selected for the 1500 metres at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, but she did not manage to make the event final.[2] She earned selection for the combined Americas team at the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup and won the silver medal in the 1500 m, finishing ahead of her more experienced American counterpart Christin Wurth-Thomas.[8] She also gained selection for the Canadian athletics team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.[9]

In 2012, Nicole Sifuentes made her first Canadian Olympic team, where she reached the semifinals.[10] She also finished 19th in the Women's 1500m at the great tournament of Kyoto, in Japan.

Nicole Sifuentes finished 4th at 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships, and after a DQ, was promoted to bronze after the 3rd-place finisher, Rababe Arafi, made contact with Heather Kampf, resulting in Kampf's fall.[11][12]

In July 2016 she was officially named to Canada's Olympic team.[13]

Personal life


She married fellow University of Michigan graduate Antonio Sifuentes in 2011.[14]

Coaching career


Nicole Sifuentes helped lead Michigan, working closely under cross country head coach and track and field associate head coach Mike McGuire, to Big Ten team titles. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native competed professionally for Saucony until 2018, also gaining international experience competing for her native Canada.[15]

References


  1. "Nicole Sifuentes". olympic.ca. Retrieved 12 August 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. Edwards, Nicole Biography. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-07.
  3. Winnipegger Nicole Edwards to compete in IAAF World Track and Field Championships. Winnipeg Free Press (2010-03-01). Retrieved on 2010-09-04.
  4. Lee, Kirby (2007-04-28). 4x1500m Relay collegiate record for Michigan women - Penn Relays Day 2. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-07.
  5. Lee, Kirby (2007-04-29). US squads take five of six relay titles - Penn Relays Day 3. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-07.
  6. Lee, Kirby (2008-04-25). Michigan Women take Distance Medley Relay title - Penn Relays Day 1. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-07.
  7. Lee, Kirby (2008-04-26). Relay records continue to tumble - Penn Relays Day 2. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-07.
  8. Mulkeen, Jon (2010-09-05). EVENT Report - Women's 1500 Metres. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-07.
  9. Campigiotto, Jamie (2010-08-04). Armstrong, Zelinka top Commonwealth athletics team. CBC Sports. Retrieved on 2010-09-07.
  10. "Nicole Sifuentes Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  11. Wood, Isaac (8 March 2014). "Nicole Sifuentes shares how she was promoted to bronze medal after originally finishing 4th". FloTrack. Retrieved 25 August 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. Official Results of the women's 1500m finals, Sopot 2014
  13. Hossain, Asif (11 July 2016). "Athletics Canada nominates largest squad to Team Canada for Rio". Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 11 July 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. "Nicole Edwards Sifuentes wins the Jordan 5000m". Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
  15. "Nicole Sifuentes University of Michigan Ann Arbor". University of Michigan. Retrieved 17 October 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)