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Jesse Williams is an athlete competing in track and field at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA. He is making his second Olympic appearance at the Games, where he figures to be a medal contender in the men's high jump. Williams won his first world championship in 2011.

Williams finished fourth at the 2012 Olympic Trials but clinched his spot on the American team because the third place finisher did not have the "A" qualifying standard.

Jesse Williams had the best year of his career
Jesse Williams (athlete)
Jesse Williams (athlete)
thus far in 2011, winning gold at the World Outdoor Championships in Daegu and setting the world lead with his win at the USA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon. He also won the Diamond League trophy. In 2010, Williams won U.S. Indoor and Outdoor national titles and ended his year with the No.2 world ranking.

Williams made his Olympic debut for the United States in Beijing, finishing 19th in qualifying. Despite his disappointing Olympic competition, Williams ended 2008 ranked No. 6 in the world based on his victory at the national outdoor championships, runner-up finishes at Gateshead, Moscow and Shanghai and this third-place finish at the World Athletics final.

For the second consecutive year, Williams finished a season ranked in the Top 10 in the world by Track & Field News. His personal best clearance of 7 feet, 7 3/4 inches in winning the Trojan Invitational in Los Angeles, his victories at the Belem and Athens Grand Prix meets and his runner-up finish at the Prefontaine Classic propelled him to a No. 8 world ranking for 2007, and his first-ever No. 1 ranking in the U.S.

In 2006, Williams dominated the collegiate scene in winning the NCAA Division I Indoor and Outdoor Championships, and establishing a new personal best of 7-7 1/4 in winning the NCAA Outdoor crown.

Williams turned in a clutch performance at the 2005 DN Galan meet in Stockholm on July 26 when he set a then-personal best 7-6 1/2 and equaled the "A" qualifying standard for the 2005 World Outdoor Championships in Helsinki. Williams, who finished as the runner-up in Stockholm, cleared the bar on his second attempt at that height. Seconds after landing in the pit, the stadium public-address announcer exclaimed "Welcome to Helsinki!"

Named the Pac 10 Conference Men's Field Athlete of the Year, in 2005 as a junior at the University of Southern California. Williams won the NCAA Outdoor title, the Pac 10 Outdoor crown and was the runner-up at the 2005 USA Outdoor Championships.

Williams began his career at North Carolina State, where as a freshman he was third at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships and placed seventh at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. That year he also was the runner-up at the Atlantic Coast Conference indoor and outdoor championships.

Williams prepped at Broughton HS in Raleigh, N.C., where he won the high jump at the North Carolina 4-A state meet three years in a row. He is the state indoor and outdoor prep record holder in the high jump at 7-3. He won the Adidas Championship in 2002 and was fourth at the 2002 World Junior Championships, as well as the Penn Relays champion. He also long jumped, hurdled and wrestled in high school and was fifth at the North Carolina state wrestling championships as a senior.


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Age: 32 years old
Birthday: December 27, 1983
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 154 lbs.
Birthplace: Modesto, CA
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Current Residence: Eugene, OR

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