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Name:

Benita Willis

Date of birth:

6 May 1979, Mackay, Queensland

Height:

166cm

Weight:

47kg

Coach:

Nic Bideau

Proudest Moment:

 

 

Winning World Cross Country in 2004. Australia’s first ever medallist and the last white person to win this African dominated event. All the hard work over the years came together for that one special moment.


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AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS:

800 metres: 1996 (U20) - 3rd
1500 metres: 1996 - 1st (U20), 1997 - 2nd, 1998 (Commonwealth Games Trials) - 6th, 2000 - 5th (3rd Australian), 2000 (Olympic Games Trials) - 4th, 2002 - 3rd
5000 metres: 2000 (Olympic Games Trials) - 1st, 2002 - 2nd, 2003 - 1st, 2005 - 1st, 2007 - 2nd (1st Australian)
10,000 metres: 2004 - 1st, 2006 - 1st
Cross country: 1997 (U20) 4km - 1st

INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS:

Olympic Games: 2000 - 5000m 6th heat (15:21.37), 2004 - 10,000m 24th (32:32.01)
World Cross Country Championships: 2001 - 4km 6th, 2002 - 4km 4th, 2003 - 4km 5th, 2004 - 8km 1st, 2005 - 8km 7th, 2006 - 4km 4th, 8km 4th
World Indoor Championships: 2001 - 3000m 6th (8:42.75), 2003 - 3000m 7th (8:51.62)
World Junior Championships: 1998 - 1500m 7th (4:16.75)
World University Games: 1999 - 1500m 5th (4:15.72)
World Championships: 2001 - 5000m 12th (15:36.75), 2003 - 10,000m 8th (30:37.68), 2005 - 10,000m 19th (31:55.15), 2007 10,000m - 17th (32:55.94)
World Half-Marathon Championships: 2003 - 3rd (1:09:26)
IAAF Grand Prix Final: 2001 - 3000m 8th (9:33.31)
Commonwealth Games: 2002 - 5000m 6th (15:26.55), 1500m 7th heat (4:24.43), 2006 - 10,000m 4th (31.58.08)
IAAF World Cup: 2002 - 5000m 4th (15:20.83)

MARATHON CAREER:

07/11/04 - 14th New York (2:38.03)
17/04/05 - 6th London (2:26.32)
22/10/06 - 3rd Chicago (2:22.36)
22/04/07 - 7th London (2:29.47)
07/10/07 - 5th Chicago (2:38.30)

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National record - marathon: 2:22.36 - Chicago (USA), 22/10/06
National record - 10,000m: 30.37.68 - Paris (FRA), 23/08/03
National record - 3000m: 8.38.06 - Gateshead (GBR), 13/07/03
National record - 2000m: 5.37.71 - Ostrava (CZE), 12/06/03
National record - 5000m: 14.47.60 - Berlin (GER), 6/09/02
National record - 5000m: 15.01.44 - Osaka (JPN), 11/05/02
National record - 5000m: 15.04.18 - Oslo (NOR), 14/07/01
National Indoor record - 3000m: 8.42.75 - Lisbon (POR), 10/03/01

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