The Bowerman: Racking Up Olympic Medals

Blessing Okagbare started a trend in 2008.

Two years before she’d become a finalist for The Bowerman – and one year before the inception of collegiate track & field’s highest honor – Okagbare won bronze at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics in the women’s long jump. Okagbare soared 6.91m (22-8) in Round 1 to all but cement her spot on the podium and her bronze would later be upgraded to silver following the disqualification of Russia’s Tatyana Lebedeva due to a doping violation.

The Bowerman History: Medal Count (Olympics & Worlds)

Well, since Jenny Barringer (now Simpson) and Galen Rupp won The Bowerman in its inaugural year of 2009, 10 past winners/finalists have combined to capture 16 medals at the Olympic Games, including eight gold, three silver and five bronze (That goes to 11, 17, 8-4-5, counting Okagbare).

The Bowerman At The Olympic Games

Past Winners – 2012 London Olympic Games
Name
Country
Event
Medal
Ashton Eaton
United States
Decathlon
Gold
Galen Rupp
United States
10,000 Meters
Silver
Derek Drouin
Canada
High Jump
Bronze
Deon Lendore
Trinidad and Tobago
4×400 Relay
Bronze
Past Finalists – 2012 London Olympic Games
Name
Country
Event
Medal
Christian Taylor
United States
Triple Jump
Gold
Tony McQuay
United States
4×400 Relay
Silver
Brigetta Barrett
United States
High Jump
Silver
Past Winners – 2016 Rio Olympic Games
Name
Country
Event
Medal
Ashton Eaton
United States
Decathlon
Gold
Derek Drouin
Canada
High Jump
Gold
Brianna Rollins
United States
100 Hurdles
Gold
Courtney Okolo
United States
4×400 Relay
Gold
Galen Rupp
United States
Marathon
Bronze
Deon Lendore
Trinidad and Tobago
4×400 Relay
Bronze
Past Finalists – 2016 Rio Olympic Games
Name
Country
Event
Medal
Christian Taylor
United States
Triple Jump
Gold
Tony McQuay
United States
4×400 Relay
Gold
Brianne Theisen
Canada
Heptathlon
Bronze

That’s seven medals from London and nine more added to the haul in Rio!

Four different winners/finalists won individual Olympic gold – 2010 winner Ashton Eaton (x2), 2013 men’s winner Derek Drouin, 2013 women’s winner Brianna Rollins (now McNeal) and 2011 men’s finalist Christian Taylor (x2) – while two others brought home relay gold – 2016 women’s winner Courtney Okolo and 2012 men’s finalist Tony McQuay.

We can’t wait to see what transpires in Tokyo over the next few weeks!

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