The Bowerman: Ready To Shine At Tokyo Olympic Games

The Tokyo Olympic Games might as well be called The Bowerman Reunion.

Nine past winners, five current finalists and 11 past finalists will compete across the 10-day track & field program, which begins Thursday, July 29, and goes through Saturday, August, 7.

The Bowerman History: Past Winners & Finalists (2009-2019)
Current Finalists For The Bowerman: Men | Women

That’s right: 25 athletes who have been associated with The Bowerman in some way over the past 13 years could establish themselves as the best in the world in the Land of the Rising Sun.

The Bowerman At The Olympic Games

Past Winners – 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
Name
Program
Country
Event(s)
Grant Holloway
Florida
United States
110 Hurdles
Michael Norman
Southern California
United States
400 Meters
4×400 Relay
Marquis Dendy
Florida
United States
Long Jump
Deon Lendore
Texas A&M
Trinidad and Tobago
400 Meters
4×400 Relay
Cam Levins
Southern Utah
Canada
Marathon
Galen Rupp
Oregon
United States
Marathon
Keturah Orji
Georgia
United States
Triple Jump
Raevyn Rogers
Oregon
United States
800 Meters
Jenna Prandini
Oregon
United States
100 Meters
200 Meters
4×100 Relay
Current Finalists – 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
Name
Program
Country
Event(s)
JuVaughn Harrison
LSU
United States
High Jump
Long Jump
Cole Hocker
Oregon
United States
1500 Meters
Tara Davis
Texas
United States
Long Jump
Tyra Gittens
Texas A&M
Trinidad and Tobago
Long Jump
Athing Mu
Texas A&M
United States
800 Meters
Past Finalists – 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
Name
Program
Country
Event(s)
Mondo Duplantis
LSU
Sweden
Pole Vault
Divine Oduduru
Texas Tech
Nigeria
100 Meters
200 Meters
Yanis David
Florida
France
Long Jump
Rai Benjamin
Southern California
United States
400 Hurdles
Sydney McLaughlin
Kentucky
United States
400 Hurdles
Fred Kerley
Texas A&M
United States
100 Meters
4×100 Relay
Lindon Victor
Texas A&M
Grenada
Decathlon
Raven Saunders
Ole Miss
United States
Shot Put
Keni Harrison
Kentucky
United States
100 Hurdles
Tina Sutej
Arkansas
Slovenia
Pole Vault
Blessing Okagbare
UTEP
Nigeria
100 Meters
200 Meters
4×100 Relay

Let’s take a closer look at that chart:

  • Five of those athletes are either current world record holders in their respective events or extremely close: 2019 men’s finalist Mondo Duplantis in the pole vault (world record); 2018 women’s finalist Sydney McLaughlin in the 400 hurdles (world record); 2015 women’s finalist Keni Harrison in the 100 hurdles (world record); 2019 men’s winner Grant Holloway in the 110 hurdles (No. 2 all-time); 2018 men’s finalist Rai Benjamin in the 400 hurdles (No. 3 all-time)
  • Four of those athletes are current world leaders in their respective events: 2021 women’s finalist Athing Mu in the 800 (1:56.07); 2019 men’s winner Grant Holloway in the 110 hurdles (12.81); 2019 men’s finalist Mondo Duplantis in the pole vault (6.10m); 2018 women’s finalist Sydney McLaughlin in the 400 hurdles (51.90)
  • Three of those athletes have already won an Olympic medal: 2009 men’s winner Galen Rupp has both a silver (2012, 10,000 meters) and a bronze (2016, marathon); 2014 men’s winner Deon Lendore has two bronze from the 4×400 relay (2012, 2016); 2010 women’s finalist Blessing Okagbare has a bronze from the long jump in 2008
  • Each of the past four finalist classes have at least four athletes competing in Tokyo
    • 2021 (5 of 6): JuVaughn Harrison, Cole Hocker; Tara Davis, Tyra Gittens, Athing Mu
    • 2019 (4 of 6): Grant Holloway (winner), Mondo Duplantis, Divine Oduduru; Yanis David
    • 2018 (5 of 6): Michael Norman (winner), Rai Benjamin, Grant Holloway; Keturah Orji (winner), Sydney McLaughlin
    • 2017 (4 of 6): Fred Kerley, Lindon Victor; Raevyn Rogers (winner), Keturah Orji
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