LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 9, 2021) — “Records are intended to be damaged.”
College of Kentucky athletes competing in Tokyo appear to be to have taken celebrated Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz’s phrases to coronary heart.
From the get started of the delayed 2020 Olympics, Kentucky Wildcats have been breaking records with a university-file 22 athletes participating in The Games. The quantity of British isles athletes alone was bigger than delegations from 106 nations, territories and principalities vying for medals in Japan.
And not extended right after the opening ceremony, United kingdom rifle’s Will Shaner grew to become the to start with Wildcat to medal in historic trend. Not only did Shaner earn gold, but it was the very first at any time for the Americans in men’s air rifle and arrived following the a few-time Uk All-American set an Olympic document score in the remaining. And just before leaving Tokyo, the Gatton College of Organization and Economics senior from Colorado Springs, Colorado, positioned sixth general with teammate Alison Marie Weisz in combined air rifle competitiveness.
Not to be outdone, UK’s next gold received by healthcare pupil Lee Kiefer was also historic. Kiefer, a Lexington indigenous and graduate of Notre Dame College, was the initially American to earn a gold medal in an specific foil function defeating reigning Olympic winner Inna Deriglazova (ROC) 15-13. She also attained Team USA’s initially fencing medal of the 2020 Games. Afterwards that 7 days, she took fourth with Crew United states of america in women’s crew foil.
Extra information ended up broken as track and field took heart stage. Alumna Jasmine Camacho-Quinn would strike gold upcoming for Puerto Rico with fellow track and discipline alumna and silver medalist Keni Harrison, a group and leadership progress graduate of Uk Higher education of Agriculture, Foodstuff and Ecosystem, on her heels in the 100-meter hurdles ultimate. Camacho-Quinn, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, earned the Olympic record in the 100m hurdles semifinals (12.26) about 16 hours just before her gold medal general performance (12.37).
The subsequent document to drop came in the Olympic 400-meter hurdles, when keep track of and subject alumna Sydney McLaughlin of Team USA won gold with a new entire world record of 51.46. The previous planet history also belonged to McLaughlin after she ran 51.90 at the U.S. Olympic Crew Trials. To shut out Olympic keep track of and subject levels of competition and rejoice her 22nd birthday in amazing trend, McLaughlin teamed up with Group USA’s Allyson Felix, Dalilah Muhammad and Athing Mu to convey property gold in the 4×400-meter relay. McLaughlin, of Dunellen, New Jersey, is only the 2nd Wildcat to acquire two medals in the same Olympics.
Six other Wildcats also medaled in Tokyo. United kingdom rifle star Mary Tucker and United states of america Shooting star Lucas Kozeniesky attained silver in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics combined air rifle competitors. The University of Education kinesiology sophomore from Sarasota, Florida, was the second UK rifle athlete to medal in taking pictures at the 2020 Olympics.
Wildcats also took medals in two fencing gatherings in Tokyo, as British isles health-related student Gerek Meinhardt, a San Francisco indigenous, secured a bronze medal in men’s team foil with Crew USA’s Alex Massialas, Nick Itkin and Race Imboden. The Notre Dame graduate and partner of Olympic gold medalist Lee Kiefer, previously won a bronze medal in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
In keep track of and area, British isles alumna Javianne Oliver and Workforce United states teammates Jenna Prandini, Gabrielle Thomas and Teahna Daniels won a silver medal in the 4×100-meter relay at the Olympics. The medal acquired by Oliver, a public health graduate from Monroe, Ga, was the fifth medal on the monitor for a Wildcat.
The last three gold medals for Wildcats arrived on the basketball courtroom. Bam Adebayo, Devin Booker and Keldon Johnson, a quarter of the Usa Basketball Group in Tokyo, assisted lead the People to their fourth consecutive gold medal with an 87-82 victory above France on Friday at Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
With Adebayo, Booker and Johnson’s medals and McLaughlin’s next gold on Aug. 7, United kingdom finished the Olympics with a school-report 12-medals — eight gold, three silver and one bronze. Formerly, the men’s basketball method held the file with 9 medals in 1948. With a dozen medals, if British isles was matched from countries medaling at The Online games it would make the major 20. And according to Twitter account Olympians Built Below, Uk tied for seventh in U.S. schools earning medals in Tokyo.
In addition to the 11 Olympic medalists, 11 other Uk learners, alumni and employees competed in Japan. The other Wildcats earning Big Blue Country proud in Tokyo were:
- incoming College of Education freshman and British isles softball player Alexia Lacatena, playing softball for Italy
- United kingdom track and field’s Megan Moss, a human well being sciences junior, running for the Bahamas
- graduate student, communication graduate and British isles observe and area runner Dwight St. Hillaire, running for Trinidad and Tobago
- Devynne Charlton, a volunteer assistant mentor for UK’s monitor and discipline group, working hurdles for the Bahamas
- alumnus Daniel Roberts, operating hurdles for Crew United states of america
- journalism and kinesiology and wellness advertising graduate Brittany Cervantes, participating in softball for Mexico
- marketing graduate Ali Galyer, swimming for New Zealand
- alumnus Henrik Larsen, taking pictures for Norway
- English graduate Leah Nugent, working hurdles for Jamaica
- kinesiology graduate Jennifer O’Neill, taking part in basketball for Puerto Rico and
- financing and accounting graduate Peter Wetzlar, swimming for Zimbabwe.