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Hurdler and YouTube sensation Michelle Jenneke starts uni studying mechatronic engineering

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Hurdler and YouTube sensation Michelle Jenneke starts uni studying mechatronic engineering

By Amanda Lulham
The Daily Telegraph
March 08, 2013

Australian hurdler and YouTube sensation Michelle Jenneke at Sydney University, where she has started studying mechatronic engineering. Picture: Brett Costello

SHE will still sport the same eye-catching pre-race moves but Michelle Jenneke is reinventing herself into a mechatronic engineering student intent on turning heads for her hurdling prowess as much as her dancing

The 19-year-old, whose warm-up dance at last year's world junior track and field championships in Barcelona has been seen by more than 19 million on YouTube, started her engineering degree at Sydney University on Monday, just days ahead of her first major event of the year at Sydney Olympic Park.

It was a return to normalcy after her dancing hurdler clip went viral, gaining her worldwide attention, a wedding proposal and a spot in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.

"I take it as it comes. It has bought some amazing opportunities for me. I'm just really embracing it," said the national under-20 champion of her YouTube fame.

"Sometimes people come up and ask me to dance or say, 'I saw your video'. It can be a little awkward. I love the fans but sometimes it can be a little invasive. Most of the time it's all good.

"Athletics is not that high profile and anything that gives it more of a profile is good."

The famous pre-race moves will be back on display tomorrow but not the woman who looms as the major obstacle to Jenneke's success in Australian hurdling - Olympic champion Sally Pearson, who has withdrawn with a hamstring injury.

"I love it, love having her ahead of me," said Jenneke, whose personal best of 13.39sec is well off the A-qualifier for the world championships in Moscow in August. "I think it helps me run better and I love it."

QANTAS Sydney Track Classic: Tomorrow, 7pm, Sydney Olympic Park. Key events: men's pole vault (Steve Hooker) 7pm; women's 100m (Mel Breen) 7.27pm; women's 400m hurdles (Lauren Boden) 7.35pm; long jump (Mitch Watt) 7.50pm.

cali mike

geez they must be desperate if this is the press release they are going public with....



The athlete, the injury and the race against a Top Gear sports car: Jenneke ordered to provide answers

Sydney Morning Herald
March 12, 2013

In hot water: Jenneke has been asked to explain her actions. Photo: Instagram

Athletics Australia CEO Dallas O’Brien has sought answers from hurdler Michelle Jenneke after she missed a high-profile Sydney track meet through injury - only to race against a Top Gear sports car the next day.

The glamorous 19-year-old was billed as a star attraction of the Sydney Track Classic at Olympic Park, having shot to worldwide fame with her sexy pre-race routine and an appearance on Sport's Illustrated's 2013 swimwear calendar.

But she pulled out just before Saturday's race, citing a hamstring injury.

Eyebrows were then raised as Jenneke appeared at the Top Gear Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park on Sunday - and ran against a high-powered Nissan GT-R driven by presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

Footage of the race emerged on social media sites, including YouTube and Facebook.

O'Brien spoke to Jenneke's representatives on Tuesday to discuss her withdrawal.

She was asked to provide full details of her injury as part of a request for exemption from the Sydney Track Classic, which was a compulsory event for athletes hoping to compete at August's IAAF world championships.

Jenneke could jeopardise selection for the blue-ribbon event in Moscow if she fails to win the exemption.

''She has indicated to us that she will be forwarding to Athletics Australia details of her hamstring issue as part of a request for exemption to have to run at the Sydney Track Classic,'' an Athletics Australia spokesman said.

Jenneke's representatives have insisted the athlete was not running at full tilt when she raced Clarkson's Nissan over 100 metres at the Top Gear event.

After initially taking the lead against the vehicle, she slipped behind and was beaten by about 30 metres.

''Shelly (Michelle) participated in the Top Gear festival in Sydney and did do a short run - but it was only at 60-70 per cent capacity,'' her manager Damian Triffitt said on Monday.

''While she has not done a major injury to the hamstring, it is strained and she is nursing the injury back to 100 per cent.''

Jenneke, from Kenthurst in Sydney's northwest outskirts, had posted a series of photos to Twitter and Instagram showing her lying down with an ice pack on her leg before Saturday's meet.

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