KU Track Alumn Earns Bronze at Pan Am Games
TORONTO – Former Kansas track star Kyle Clemons finished third in the 400-meter final Thursday at the Pan American Games in Toronto.
Clemons, who competed for the Jayhawks from 2010-13, was the lone American in the 400-meter final after running to the second-fastest qualifying spot in the semifinals Wednesday. In the final, Clemons turned in the fastest quarter-mile of his career, rounding the track in 44.84. The time, which moves the former KU trackster into the top-20 of the world ranks for 2015, earned Clemons the bronze medal and upped the USA Track & Field medal count to 26, which leads all countries.
Clemons is no stranger to medals at the international level. Two years ago, he tallied a third-place finish at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in the 400 meters. Two days later he helped the American 4×400-meter relay squad to a gold medal as well as the world record in the indoor event.
Clemons isn’t the only Jayhawk on the Team USA contingent this week in Toronto. Kansas head coach Stanley Redwine is a member of the American coaching staff, overseeing the men’s distance specialists. Redwine’s athletes have already enjoyed success with four American men earning medals in the distance events, including Clayton Murphy, who won gold in the 800 meters Thursday.
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