Canadian Hurdling Star Priscilla Lopes-Schliep announced her retirement from Track & Field, during which she told her story at a press conference at Delta South on July 14, 2016.

Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, bronze medallist in the 100-metre hurdles at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, who was ranked No. 1 in the world in 2010.

Lopes-Schliep emerged as a key member of what became a Canadian tradition of excellence in women’s sprint hurdling following a stellar collegiate career at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She was the 2004 NCAA indoor champion, winning the 60-metre hurdles that year in a time of 7.82 seconds.

Her talent took the Scarborough native to the Summer Olympics in 2008, where Lopes-Schliep finished third in the women’s 100-metre hurdles final in a time of 12.64 seconds. It was Canada’s first Olympic medal in track and field since the 1996 Games in Atlanta, and the first Games medal won by a Canadian female since 1992, when Angela Chalmers won bronze in the women’s 3,000 metres.

Lopes-Schliep won a silver medal in her specialty at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Berlin. She added a bronze medal in the 60-metre hurdles at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar in 2010. That was also the year Lopes-Schliep dominated the outdoor circuit, claiming the No. 1 world ranking in 100-metre hurdles as she won 12 straight races to clinch the overall Diamond League title.


By Anthony Foster

Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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