Nine Ducks Named to Team USA – GoDucks.com

EUGENE, Ore. – With the official roster announcement Tuesday, nine Ducks are set to represent Team USA at the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo. Five of the nine—Devon Allen, Matthew Centrowitz, English Gardner, Jenna Prandini and Galen Rupp—are returning Olympians.

 

Centrowitz (1500 meters) and Gardner (4x100m) are defending Olympic champions, while Rupp is a two-time medalist with a silver at 10,000 meters in 2012 and a bronze in the marathon from 2016.

 

With his selection, Rupp joins 1976 gold medalist Mac Wilkins as a four-time Olympian. Gardner, Prandini and Claire Michel (Belgium) are now the eighth, ninth and 10th multiple-time Olympians for the UO women.  

 

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Additionally, eight other UO standouts have secured spots to the Olympics with their home countries to push the program’s total to 17 for Tokyo. The list features seven Ducks—Cole Hocker, Charlie Hunter, Emmanuel Ihemeje, Aneta Konieczek, Kemba Nelson, Lauri Paredes and Micah Williams—from the 2020-21 team roster.

 

“The Olympic dream is high on the list for many athletes in our program, and those who have come through our program,” UO head coach Robert Johnson said. “We have a large group of Ducks heading to Tokyo this year which makes more than 30 Ducks at the last two Olympics. Kudos are definitely in order to all these athletes who had to deal with the delay from 2020 and navigate the training challenges of the pandemic. We, here in Duck Nation, are extremely proud of them.”

 

There were 18 Ducks at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

 

United States

Devon Allen – 110m hurdles

Matthew Centrowitz – 1500 meters

English Gardner – 4x100m relay pool

Cravon Gillespie* – 4x100m relay pool

Cole Hocker* – 1500 meters

Jenna Prandini – 100 & 200 meters

Raevyn Rogers* – 800 meters

Galen Rupp – marathon

Micah Williams* – 4x100m relay pool

 

Australia

Jessica Hull* – 1500 meters

Charlie Hunter* – 800 meters

 

Belgium

Claire Michel – triathlon

 

Canada

Jillian Weir* – hammer

 

Italy

Emmanuel Ihemeje* – triple jump

 

Jamaica

Kemba Nelson* – 4x100m relay pool

 

Paraguay

Lauri Paredes* – javelin

 

Poland

Aneta Konieczek* – steeplechase

 

* – first-time Olympians

 

While the Games of the XXXII Olympiad—Tokyo 2020—will begin July 23, the track and field schedule starts July 30 and continues through August 8.

 

Any additions to this list should be sent to Zach Lawson (zlawson@uoregon.edu). For more news and information about Oregon Track and Field, follow @OregonTF on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.