Twanisha “TeeTee” Terry is an American sprinter specializing in the 100 meters distance. She represented the United States at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships, earning a silver medal in the women’s 100 m. In 2019 she won the 60 m at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships and anchored the winning 4 × 100 m relay team at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships.
As a 19-year old Terry ran 100 m in 10.99 s at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 21, 2018. This time made her the joint fourth fastest under-20 woman in history. Her personal best is 10.89 s, set at the 2021 NCAA Division I West Preliminary in College Station, Texas on 29 May 2021.
Medal record: Women’s track and field representing the United States
Pan American Games
Bronze medal third place 2019 Lima 4×100 m relay
World U20 Championships
Silver medal second place 2018 Tampere 100 m
NACAC U23 Championships
Silver medal second place Querétaro, Mexico 100 m
Gold Medal First place Querétaro, Mexico 4×100 m relay
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with Twanisha Terry, the World U20 Championships Silver medalist in 100 meters here she talks about her fitness routine, her diet, her beauty secrets and her success story.
You were born in Miami, Florida, United States. You must have been into athletics early in your life. As a 19-year old, you ran 100 m in 10.99 s at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 21, 2018. This time made you the joint fourth-fastest under-20 woman in history. This later propelled your career to the height where you have been at the top of the world as an athlete competing in sprinting events. Tell us more about your professional journey of exceptionally hard work, tenacity, and endurance?
I started athletics at the age of 9 and I am now 22, which is 12 years in counting. I experienced and learned a lot during my journey from competing on different levels. I wasn’t always the top runner when I started, especially running at the bottom of the age group. I knew I had to continue to work hard in order to achieve what I did this past season that happens to be one of my best so far.
I have to express that although my hard work and tenacity played a role in my success, it would have been impossible without the help of others. Everyone that played a role contributed something beneficial whether it was my athletic trainer keeping me healthy, a nutritionist informing me of what my body was lacking, and the list goes on.
You have represented the United States at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships, earning a silver medal in the women’s 100 m. Tell us how you were drawn to this sport of athletics competing in sprinting events and your meteoric rise in the 100m events?
I introduced myself to the sport in 2009 when I noticed a team practicing while walking home from school with my friends and siblings. I told them we could go try out to keep ourselves busy; however I fell in love with the sport when I made it to my first Junior Olympics in Greensboro, North Carolina. The 4×100 meter relay I was a part of broke the age group national record, which stood for two years. After that year, I decided to continue with the sport and competed on all levels: recreational, middle school, high school, collegiately, and now professionally.
In regards to my rise in the 100m, I knew at a young age I did not like the 400 meter or anything further. My coaches noticed I was pretty fast in the shorter events so my main events were the 100, 200, and 4×100. I wasn’t always fast in the 100m; I improved over the years and continue to improve. P.S. the 100 is my favorite event.
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