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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Former KU track standout Kyle Clemons grabs gold in Rio

United States' Kyle Clemons, right, competes in a men's 4x400-meter relay heat during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

United States' Kyle Clemons, right, competes in a men's 4x400-meter relay heat during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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Former Kansas track & field sprinter Kyle Clemons became the latest Jayhawk to capture a gold medal on Saturday, after the United States won the 4x400-meter relay event inside Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Clemons, who did not run in the final, earned gold by way of his third-leg performance in the relay's semifinal heat Friday.

Clemons becomes the ninth KU track & field Olympic Gold medalist and the school's first male gold-medal winner since Al Oerter won the discus in Mexico City in 1968.

The victory also marks the second-consecutive Olympic Games a Jayhawk has stood atop the podium. Diamond Dixon earned a gold medal with the women's 4x400-meter relay at the London Games four years ago.

Kansas sprinter Kyle Clemons gives thanks after finishing first in the Mens' Invitational 400 Meter on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo

Kansas sprinter Kyle Clemons gives thanks after finishing first in the Mens' Invitational 400 Meter on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo by Nick Krug

Comments

Steve Macy 1 year ago

I love track and field, I love KU relays. Congratulations

Kenneth Johnson 1 year ago

I love track and field too, mainly, I suppose, due to the fact that I grew up in Kansas in the 50's and 60's when KU routinely had one of the best college track and field teams in the nation, and the KU Relays were the premier relays event in the world. Just think of Bill Neider, Al Oerter, Wes Santee, Jim Ryan, etc. Too bad that KU hasn't done in recent years what it takes to remain prominent in that sport.

Now we have one Olympian, one who didn't even run in the final relay. Congratulations to him, but shame on KU's athletic administration, for letting the track and field program go to waste.

Kenn Johnson (KU '70 MS) Author of Kansas University Basketball Legends, 2013, and More University of Kansas Basketball Legends, 2014. Both Published by The History Press.

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