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Tiffany Porter

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Tiffany Porter, born 13 November 1987 is an American born track and field athlete who specializes in the 100 meter hurdles. She represented the United States as a junior. She failed to achieve USA selection for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and switched allegiance to Great Britain in 2010. Her father Felix is Nigerian and her mother, Lilian, is British and Tiffany 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. As an American athlete, Porter represented the United States at the inaugural NCAA 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."

Porter broke the 15 year old British record of 12.80s set by Angie Thorp on 29 May 2011, at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games, with a run of 12.77s. Thorp said that losing her record had devastated her. She stated that if a British born athlete, such as Jessica Ennis or Sarah Claxton, who at the time both had personal bests of 12.81s, had broken her record she would have been "the first to congratulate her", but as Porter had transferred from the United States, she was absolutely distraught. 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. Porter married American hurdler Jeff Porter in May 2011, and began to compete under her married name in July 2011. She has graduated from the University of Michigan with a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree in 2012.

"It's been my dream to compete at the Olympic Games for as long as I can remember," Porter said. "I was 13 back in Ypsilanti, a small town in Michigan and I had Olympic dreams long before that. When she was much younger Porter remembers watching the Olympics on TV and turning to her father and saying - "Dad, I want to run in the Olympics one day".

He looked at her very seriously and said: "Tiffany, you know what? If you continue to work hard then, one day, you will." It was a moment that still sticks out in her mind. It just resonates with her. Porter believes she was lucky that from such an early age, her family believed in her and that she had the determination to do it. Eleven years later, at the age of 24, Porter is on the brink of competing for Great Britain at the London Olympics. Having held dual nationality since she was a baby – her mother, Lillian, was born in London and her parents lived together in England for years – she might also captain the GB track team at the Games. Porter was elevated to the role in March, amid much controversy, at the world indoor championships in Istanbul. Charles van Commenee, the astute but provocative national coach, was unapologetic in choosing Porter to lead his team even though the British Daily Mail Newspaper continued their "Plastic Brit" campaign against her.

Last June, when she broke the British record for the 100 meter hurdles, which had been held for 15 years by Britain Angie Thorp, the Mail turned its venom on Porter. "Thorp is what you might call the collateral damage of Van Commenee's self-serving recruitment policy: a Yorkshire girl whose greatest achievement has been erased by a Plastic Brit passing through our sport for purely selfish reasons." An interesting editorial policy considering that, in 1984, at a time of brutal segregation in South Africa, the Daily Mail harboured a very different Olympic policy. Those who lived under apartheid then remember the outrage when the Mail enticed a waif-like Afrikaans girl from Bloemfontein with the promise that they would help her acquire a British passport so that she could run in the Los Angeles Olympics that summer. Zola Budd's family links to Britain were even much weaker than Porter's.

Read the article in which the "plastic brit" controversy was detailed in the Guardian - www.guardian.co.uk

The "plastic Brit" controversy over her switched allegiance from the USA is alot of un-neccessary muck-raking as Porter insists her decision was motivated by the greater access to facilities and support staff in the UK, and not by money (she already had sponsorship) or opportunism. Porter had won world junior bronze for the USA in 2006 but admits to having struggled to make the transition to being a full-time athlete; she did not improve her personal best for three years from 2008 and there were nine Americans ranked ahead of her when she devoted herself to Britain. She was named as Captain of the GB squad for the World Indoor Championships 2012, a decision supported both by her teammates and the GB team management in the face of criticism.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing US Flag United States
2006 World Junior Championships Beijing, China 3rd 100 m hurdles 13.37
Representing British Flag Great Britain
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 2nd 60 m hurdles 7.80
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 4th 100 m hurdles 12.63
13th 4x100 m relay 43.95
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 2nd 60 m hurdles 7.94

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