U — S — A! U — S — A! U — S — A!
The Commonwealth of Kentucky will be well represented by the red, white and blue when the 2020 Summer Olympics open in July of 2021 in Tokyo. No, I’ll never get used to them being called the “2020 Summer Olympics” either.
The most noteworthy athlete from the BBN is a member of UK’s 2021 Hall of Fame Class. After falling short in 2016, Keni Harrison broke a world record, then spent five years preparing to make the podium in Tokyo. Last night she got one step closer to redemption.
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) June 21, 2021
Harrison will not be the only former Cat competing in track and field events. Javianne Oliver punched her Olympic ticket by finishing second in the 100-meter finals.
A couple of athletes from Louisville secured their spots over the weekend. Ronnie Baker, a 27-year-old Ballard High School product, finished second in the 100-meter finals with a time of 9.86. Like Harrison, Baker used a missed opportunity in 2016 to fuel his performance, becoming the fastest man in the world at 60-meters two years later. Luckily, once Baker gets to Tokyo he will not have to face off against Usain Bolt, who announced over the weekend that he has given his children the coolest names ever.
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As Drew mentioned in the morning post, another Louisville-born athlete will be swimming for Team USA. Sacred Heart alumna Brooke Forde will compete in the 4×200 relay alongside Allison Schmitt, Katie Ledecky and Haley Anderson. A four-time All-American at Stanford, she recently won the National Championship in the 400 IM.
If you’re wondering where Sydney McLaughlin fits into the Team USA puzzle, the former Wildcat sprinter will not be racing in the prolific 400-meter hurdles until the final day of Olympic trials on June 27.