RCW: Summer Olympics rewind (video)
All four of the former Kansas track & field athletes who competed at the Olympic Games in Rio met with the media on Friday, August 26 to recount their experience. Olympians Kyle Clemons, Mason Finley, Andrea Geubelle and Daina Levy took questions on the track at Rock Chalk Park.
Kyle Clemons // U.S.A. // 4×400-meter Relay
Clemons, who ran for the Jayhawks from 2010-13, won gold as a member of USA 4x400m relay team. He ran the third leg of team’s preliminary race, posting a 44.96 split and helped the team to second-place finish (3:58.38). Though Clemons did not run in the final, the Americans went on to claim first in the event one night later. The victory made Clemons the ninth Olympic gold medal winner in program history and the first KU male since Al Oerter claimed his fourth and final discus gold in 1968.
Mason Finley // U.S.A. // Discus
Finley, who was a standout thrower at Kansas from 2010-12, finished 11th in the discus in Rio with a mark of 62.05m (203’7″). The performance was the best American finish in the Olympic discus since 2004.
Andrea Geubelle // U.S.A // Triple Jump
Geubelle, a three-time NCAA Champion for Kansas from 2010-13, finished 21st in the triple jump in Rio with mark of 13.93m (45’8″). Geubelle was one of three Americans to finish among the top-21 competitors in the event, a feat never before achieved by the U.S. in the Olympic triple jump.
Daina Levy // Jamaica // Hammer Throw
Levy, who recently concluded her KU career that ran from 2014-16, finished 30th in the hammer throw with mark of 60.35m (198’0″). Her competition in Rio made her the first Jamaican female to compete in the Olympic hammer throw.