TOKYO (WLBT) – The Tokyo Olympics kick off on July 23, and the state of Mississippi has produced more than a dozen athletes who will take the stage.
Five Ole Miss Rebels will compete, including familiar faces.
- Sam Kendricks, Men’s Athletics (US)
Kendrick became a star at the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. He won a bronze medal in the pole vault and went viral after stopping dead on hearing “The Star-Spangled Banner” play. He will seek to complete his collection of medals in Tokyo.
- Ali Weisz, female rifle (United States)
Weisz participates in his first Olympic games. The air rifle star graduated from Ole Miss in 2017 and was a two-time All-American.
- Rafaelle Souza, Women’s Football (Brazil)
Souza has been a member of the Brazilian national team since 2012 and competed with them in the 2016 Olympics. She scored 44 goals in just 61 games at Ole Miss.
- Brittney Reese, Athletics Women (US)
Reese is making his fourth appearance at the Olympics, having previously competed in Beijing, London and Rio. She won gold in the long jump in 2012 and silver in 2016.
- Raven Saunders, Athletics Women (US)
Saunders returns to the Olympics after competing in Rio. She hopes to win a medal this time after finishing 5th in the shot put in 2016.
Joining them are the six Mississippi State Bulldogs, the most ever recorded for the school.
- Marco Arop, Men’s Athletics (Canada)
Arop is a former three-time All-American competing in his first Olympics. He is the Canadian national record holder in the 800m indoor.
- Brandon McBride, Men’s Athletics (Canada)
McBride returns to the Olympics after competing in Rio in 2016. He was nine All-American at MSU. He also competes in the men’s 800m.
- Erica Bougard, Athletics Women (United States)
Bougard set records at MSU and competes in his first Olympics. She holds the school’s record for 16 All-American accolades. She will participate in the heptathlon.
- Curtis Thompson, Men’s Athletics (US)
Thompson was a 2019 NCAA finalist in Starkville and is expected to compete in the javelin after a history-rich college career.
- Marta Pen Freitas, Athletics Women (Portugal)
Freitas competes in Tokyo after an appearance in Rio in 2016. She is a former cross-country All-American for MSU and will compete in the 1500m.
- Anderson Peters, Men’s Athletics (Granada)
Peters will compete in the javelin for Grenada. He holds the NCAA Championship competition record as well as the MSU freshman and school record in the javelin.
There are also a few other natives of Mississippi who will make the trip to Tokyo in search of gold.
- Anaso Jobodwana, Men’s Athletics (South Africa)
Jobodwana is making a third attempt for gold in the 200m after competing in 2012 and 2016. The former Jackson State University student also won bronze at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing.
- Cory McGee, Women’s Athletics (US)
McGee is a former Pass Christian High School champion in Mississippi. This is his first appearance at the Olympics in his historic career.
- Shelby McEwen, Men’s Athletics (US)
McEwen is from Abbeville, Mississippi and competes in the high jump.
Good luck to all of our Mississippians competing in Tokyo!
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