Pair of Jayhawks Compete Internationally
LAWRENCE, Kansas – Representing Team USA for the first time in his career, Bryce Hoppel placed fourth in the 800 meters at the Pan-American Championships in Lima, Peru, while Kansas rising senior Gleb Dudarev earned bronze in the men’s hammer throw at the European Team Championships First League in Sandnes, Norway this weekend.
Hoppel, qualifying for his first national team of his career, ran to a fourth place finish in the 800 meter finals on Saturday, where he crossed the line in 1:47.48. Hoppel’s time comes after a standout junior campaign as a Jayhawk, where he won 22 consecutive races and swept both indoor and outdoor NCAA 800 meter titles.
In the semifinal rounds of the 800 meters on Friday, Hoppel ran the fastest time of the two heats, coming in at 1:48.04. Hoppel entered the Pan-American Championships after finishing third at the USATF Outdoor Championships on July 28, punching his ticket to the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar on September 28 to October 6.
Hoppel runs the fastest semifinal time of 1:48.04 to advance to tomorrow’s Pan-American Championships 800 meter final, which is set to begin at 2:55 on Saturday pic.twitter.com/dEZFCyGRZr
— Kansas Track & Field (@KUTrack) August 9, 2019
Prior to the Pan-American Championships, Hoppel announced he will forgo his senior season at Kansas and pursue the professional circuit.
Dudarev, representing his native country of Belarus, threw in the men’s hammer throw final on Friday, where he reached a mark of 73.19 meters (240-01 ft.) on his second attempt, before finding his top mark of the day on his fourth and final attempt, throwing 73.58 meters (241-05 ft.). Dudarev’s final throw was enough to put him on the podium with a bronze medal.