January 11, 1978 |
Topeka, Indiana, United States
|Height||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|Weight||116 lb (53 kg)|
|Event(s)||3000 m, 5000 m, 10,000 m|
|College team||Arkansas Razorbacks|
|Club||Atlanta Track Club|
|Coached by||Andrew Begley|
|Achievements and titles|
|World finals||2009 10000 m, 6th|
|Olympic finals||2008 10000 m, 26th|
3000 m: 8:53.27
Amy Yoder Begley (née Yoder; born January 11, 1978 in Topeka, Indiana) is an American middle and long distance runner and a US Olympian in the 10,000 meter event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Yoder Begley currently lives in Atlanta Georgia where she is coach of the Atlanta Track Club, assisted by her husband Andrew Begley.
Yoder Begley attended East Noble High School in Kendallville, Indiana. She was a four-time state champion (one cross country and three 3200 meter titles) and held the 3200 meter state record from 1996 until 2011 when it was broken by Culver Academy's Waverly Neer.
Yoder Begley graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2001. She was a two-time NCAA champion and a 15-time All-American. She was 2000 SEC Female Athlete of the Year, and in 2016 she was selected to the Southeastern Conference 2016 Class of Women’s Legends representing Arkansas.
Yoder Begley placed 3rd in the 2008 USA Track and Field Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon setting a new personal record of 31:43.60 and qualifying for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She placed 26th in the finals of the 10,000 meters at the Olympics.
Yoder Begley finished first in the 10,000 meter event at the 2009 USA Track & Field Championship on June 25, 2009 in Eugene, Oregon. This qualified her to compete in the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics held in Berlin. She set a new personal record and finished in sixth place with a time of 31:13.78.
In December 2014 she was hired as the first full-time coach in the 50-year history of the Atlanta Track Club. Among her responsibilities are creating training programs for the club's 21,000 members and training two athletes for the 2020 Summer Olympics.
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