Olympian Melville wins gold, earns 12th national title


By Messenger Post Media

Posted Jun 5, 2017 at 4:17 PM


Olympian Miranda Melville, of Rush, for the sixth consecutive year won gold at the USATF 15K senior women’s National Race Walking Championships in Riverside, California.

Her win came just one week after she raced for Team USA at the Pan American Race Walking Cup in Lima, Peru.

This is Melville’s 12th national title.

“This season has been such a great experience and will help to make me a stronger athlete and competitor in the months to come,” said Melville.

Next on the itinerary is a June 25 20K race in Sacramento, California, at USA Track & Field National Championships. She will then participate in the World Games in London, for which she has already qualified, where she will race a 20K in front of Buckingham Palace on the world stage for team USA during the World Festival of Racewalking on Aug. 13.

“Coming off her race the week before in Lima, Peru, and then going to visit one of the most amazing places in the world, Machu Pichu, Miranda returned to the U.S. refreshed and did exactly what was expected of her, race smart and finish fast,” said coach Tim Seaman.

Melville got her start in the sport of Race Walking at Rush-Henrietta under coach Mike DeMay. She is supported locally by the Greater Rochester Amateur Athletic Federation. GRAAF provides grants to Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls in the Rochester. For information: facebook.com/graaf.roc.