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A Record Number Of Trojans To Compete In Track & Field At The Tokyo Olympics

Jul 26, 2021

USC's track and field program boasts a school-record 15 Trojans with ties to the school that will be competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, part of an Athletic Department record 65 past, present and future Trojans in Japan for the Games.
Troy's 65 competitors is more than 164 of the 205 National Olympic Committee delegations competing in Tokyo.  It is the sixth consecutive Summer Games with at least 40 Trojan Olympians. 
USC track and field's previous record for athletes competing at one Olympics was 13 at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. USC had nine track and field athletes compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics and they earned nine medals, including three gold.  USC has had a track and field athlete earn at least one medal in every summer Olympics since 1904, except for 1908 when no Trojans competed.  A USC track and field athlete has won a gold medal in six of the last seven Olympics, combining for 13 gold medals in that time.
USC track and field athletes begin action on July 29 at 6:55 p.m. PT with Rai Benjamin competing in the men's 400m hurdles prelims.

The 15 USC track and field Olympians, the countries they are representing, and their events are listed below:

Rai Benjamin (USA – M-400m H)
Aaron Brown (Canada – M-200m)
Anna Cockrell (USA – W-400m H)
Kyra Constantine (Canada – W-400m, W-4x400m)
Andre De Grasse (Canada – M-100m, M-200m, M-4x100m)
Kendall Ellis (USA – Mixed 4x400m)
Allyson Felix (USA – W-400m, W-4x40m)
Tynia Gaither (Bahamas – W-100m, W-200m)
Amalie Iuel (Norway – W-400m H)
Isaiah Jewett (USA – M-800m)
Dalilah Muhammad (USA – W-400m H)
Michael Norman (USA – M-400m, M-4x400m)
Nick Ponzio (Italy – M-Shot Put)
Gianna Woodruff (Panama – W-400m H)**
Nicole Yeargin (Great Britain – W-400m, W-4x400m)

*(Note: Davonte Burnett was originally scheduled to compete for Jamaica in the mixed 4x400m relay, but the Jamaican Olympic Federation has since decided to only bring five athletes for the relay pool.  Burnett withdrew after the first round at the Jamaica Athletic Championships with a hamstring issue, so he did not qualify individually)

Fans can go to to follow USC's Tokyo Olympians.  The site will include a daily schedule of events and results involving Trojan Olympians, an updated USC medal count, a roster with biographical information on each Trojan.

 **A graduate student at USC, competed as an undergraduate at Washington

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