Earlier this month, four former Jayhawks made their way to Rio de Janeiro to compete for their countries at the 2016 Summer Olympics. One came home with a gold medal and all four came home with memories that figure to last a lifetime.By Matt Tait
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.
Former Kansas sprinter Kyle Clemons ran the third leg and aided his 4x400-meter relay team to a spot in the Olympic final Friday night inside Olympic Stadium. The Americans finished second overall in the qualifying heats with a time of 2:58.38 and will compete in the event final at 8:35 (CDT) Saturday.
A pair of former Kansas track and field athletes went up against the world’s greatest Saturday at the Olympic Games. Mason Finley placed 11th in the finals of the men’s discus, and Andrea Geubelle was 21st in the qualifying rounds of the women’s triple jump.
Friday morning, inside Olympic Stadium in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, former Kansas thrower Mason Finley delivered a monster throw of 63.68 meters (208 feet, 11 inches) on his final throw of the qualifying round to earn a spot in Saturday's finals.
NBC has done a nice job through decades of Olympic coverage at shining a light on athletes overcoming odds, turning obstacles into opportunities, tears of agony into joyful sobs.
Even at a wide, muscular, massive 6-foot-8, former Kansas University weight thrower Mason Finley has a distinctly different look these days. He looks so much thinner, which makes sense because he has lost more than 80 pounds over the past three years. By Tom Keegan
Former Kansas University sprinter Kyle Clemons is officially an Olympian after he was selected to the American 4x400-meter relay squad that will compete next month in Rio, Team USA announced Monday.
Kansas University senior Zainab Sanni has been named to Nigeria’s women’s 4x100-meter relay pool that will compete at the Rio Olympics next month.
Mason Finley, an eight-time All-American while at Kansas from 2010-12, won the discus championship Friday afternoon at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field.
Kansas University product Andrea Geubelle, a three-time NCAA champion for KU from 2010-13, qualified for the Rio Olympics by placing third in the triple jump at the U.S. Trials on Thursday night at Hayward Field.
Former Kansas University athlete Andrea Geubelle was fifth in the women’s triple jump preliminaries Monday at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.
One Kansas University track and field athlete has earned a trip to the Rio Olympics, while others still have a chance.
Five freshman members of the Kansas track and field teams are set to take part in the USA Junior Championships in Clovis, Calif., beginning today.
More than half of Kansas University’s student-athletes posted a grade-point average of 3.0 or better during the spring semesters, lifting the cumulative GPA to a record 3.04, according to numbers released Wednesday.