Clemons Named to Team USA Olympic Relay Squad
INDIANAPOLIS – Former Kansas sprinter Kyle Clemons is officially an Olympian after he was selected to the American 4×400-meter relay squad that will compete next month in Rio Team USA announced Monday afternoon. Clemons, who ran for the Jayhawks from 2010-13, is the fifth current or former member of the Kansas track & field team to earn a trip to the 2016 Olympic Games.
Clemons turned in a stellar showing in the 400 meters last week at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. The Rowlett, Texas native ran a life-time best 44.79 seconds in the 400-meter prelims before claiming sixth in a time of 45.39 in the final on Sunday.
Still the KU school record holder in both the indoor and outdoor 400 meters, Clemons has established himself as one of the top American quarter-milers since turning professional three years ago. The two-time Big 12 Champion was the U.S. Indoor 400-meter champion in 2014 and has twice helped the American 4×400-meter relay to a gold medal at the 2014 and 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships.
Clemons and his American cohorts will hit the track for the first round of the 4×400-meter relay in Rio on Friday, Aug. 19.
2016 Jayhawk Track & Field Olympians
Name, (Years at KU), Country, Event
Kyle Clemons (2010-13), USA, 4x400m Relay
Mason Finley (2010-12), USA, Discus
Andrea Geubelle (2010-13), USA, Triple Jump
Daina Levy (2014-16), Jamaica, Hammer Throw
Zainab Sanni (2014-Present), Nigeria, 4x100m Relay
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