Michelle Jenneke makes Australia Commonwealth Games team, jiggling hips

Michelle Jenneke, the Australian hurdler who became famous for her “jiggling” hips, is back in action and ready for another tilt on the world stage.

Michelle “Jiggling” Jenneke is back.

The hurdling star, who went viral with a pre-race jig at the 2012 World Junior Championships that has quickly become his trademark, will get the chance to wear Australian colors again after a series of miserable injuries that have threatened to end his track career.

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The 29-year-old was named to Australia’s athletics squad this week for the upcoming Commonwealth Games, which kick off in Birmingham at the end of July.

Jenneke will compete in the 100m hurdles, the same event she competed in at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2016 Olympics.

Jenneke was thrilled to be back in green and gold, taking to social media to express her gratitude when the team was confirmed.

Jenneke was once a household name that garnered global attention – and major endorsement deals from some of the biggest companies in the world. In Rio six years ago, she was sponsored by Coca-Cola and her face was plastered on billboards in the Brazilian city.

But she came under heavy criticism for a disappointing performance at these Games, finishing sixth in her 100m hurdles heat.

Australia’s athletics coach at the time, Craig Hilliard, accused Jenneke of arriving in Rio out of shape and questioned whether distractions away from the track had contributed to her lackluster performance. Athletics Australia then cut its funding.

But Jenneke was determined to improve at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, narrowly missing out on a bronze medal in what was her best result at a major international athletics competition – better than she had managed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Four years later, riddled with injuries, Jenneke hopes to make Australia fall in love with her again.

Earlier this month she posted a season best time of 13.01 seconds while competing in America, then returned Down Under and crossed the line in 12.95 seconds to finish second at the Championships. Oceania Athletics in Queensland.

Other stars joining Jenneke on the Commonwealth Games team include sprint sensation Rohan Browning and high jumper Brandon Starc. Eloise Wellings (marathon) and Kathryn Mitchell (javelin) will also become the first Australian track and field athletes to compete at five Commonwealth Games.

Australian Team Chef de Mission Petria Thomas OAM is enthusiastic about the Australian team.

“They are an exciting group who are ready to go gold at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham,” said Thomas.

“Today’s selections are a wonderful mix of reigning gold medal champions, seasoned campaigners and the next generation ready to establish themselves on the world stage.

“Australia has enjoyed a tremendous heritage in athletics at the Commonwealth Games, and I know the team members selected today are ready to add their names to that rich history.”

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