- Monique Henderson
Olympic medal record Women's athletics Competitor for the United States Gold 2008 Beijing 4x400 meter relay
Monique Henderson (born February 18, 1983 in San Diego, California) is a track and field athlete, competing internationally for the United States. She was a gold medalist in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Henderson prepped at Morse High School in San Diego '01. She is the only 4-time 400 meters California State Champion in the state's history from 98–01. At age 17, she set a US junior class, as well as high school national record (since broken), at 50.74 in the 400 m at the CIF California State Meet. In 2000, she became the first high school athlete to make the US Olympic track & field team since 1976. She was a member of the 4x400 m squad but did not run. That year she was named the national Girl's "High School Athlete of the Year" by Track and Field News.
After graduating from high school in 2001 she accepted a scholarship to attend UCLA. While at UCLA she went on to be a 5-time Pac 10 champion. In 2004 she placed 2nd at the NCAA championships at 400 m. The next year she became the 2005 NCAA outdoor champion at 400 m, establishing a new NCAA record (50.10).
At the Athens Olympics in 2004, Henderson was part of the US team which finished first in the 4×400 meters relay. They were however disqualified in 2010 after Crystal Cox, who ran for the team in a preliminary round, admitted to using doping.
- ^ Monique Henderson. Sports Reference (1983-02-18). Retrieved on 2011-09-03.
- ^ California State Meet Results – 1915 to present. dyestatcal.com
- ^ Track and Field News High School AOY. (PDF) . Retrieved on 2011-09-03.
- ^ Jamaica Observer (16 March 2010). "Jamaica gains Athens Olympics women's 4x400m silver". The Jamaica Observer. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sports/Jamaica-Athens-Olympics-women-s-4x400m-silver?ito=feeds-newsxml. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
Olympic Champions in Women's 4×400 m relay
- 1972: East Germany (Käsling, Kühne, Seidler, Zehrt)
- 1976: East Germany (Maletzki, Rohde, Streidt, Brehmer)
- 1980: Soviet Union (Prorochenko, Goistchik, Zyuskova, Nazarova)
- 1984: United States (Leatherwood, Howard, Brisco-Hooks, Cheeseborough)
- 1988: Sovie Union (Ledovskaya, Nazarova, Pinigina, Bryzhina)
- 1992: Unified Team (Ruzina, Dzhigalova, Nazarova, Bryzhina, Nurutdinova, Shmonina)
- 1996: United States (Stevens, Malone-Wallace, Graham, Miles, Wilson)
- 2000: United States (Miles Clark, Hennagan, Colander, Anderson)
- 2004: United States (Trotter, Henderson, Richards, Hennagan, Cox, Robinson)
- 2008: United States (Wineberg, Felix, Henderson, Richards, Hastings)
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