The Tokyo Olympic Games are now less than a month away, and several Aggies will be representing the USA as well as other countries when the games get under way on July 23.
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Bryce Deadmon (4x400m Relay)
Deadmon is a graduate student on the A&M track team, and while he failed to qualify for the individual 400 meters, but did enough to be a part of the USA’s 4x400 meter relay team.
Beryl Gastaldello (Swimming)
Tyra Gittens (Long Jump)
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Gittens is a junior at A&M and was named the United States Track & Field Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA) Women’s National Field Athlete of the Year earlier this summer. She is the reigning NCAA champion in the women’s outdoor hepthatlon, indoor penthatlon and indoor high jump. She will compete in the long jump in the Olympics.
Munzy Kabbara (Swimming)
Alais Kalonji (Diving)
Fred Kerley (100m)
After failing to qualify for the 2016 games in Rio, Aggie Professional Fred Kerley will finally get his chance this summer, as he qualified in the 100 meters (and also narrowly missed out on making the field for the 200 meters as well).
Annie Kunz (Heptathlon)
Many Aggies may know Kunz primarily from her time on the Texas A&M soccer team (she was an All-SEC First Teamer in 2014), but she is a gifted all-around athlete, which she proved last week by posting a personal best and finishing first in the Women’s Heptathlon at the US Olympic Trials. Her reaction once it was official speaks for itself.
Annie Kunz is going to Tokyo as a Trials heptathlon champion!— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) June 28, 2021
The emotion in her face says it all. #TrackFieldTrials21 pic.twitter.com/bGRALR8XKr
Maggie Malone (Javelin)
Malone was a national champion javelin thrower for Texas A&M in 2016, and also placed 25th in the event at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. After winning the event at the US Olympic Trials (and setting a new American record), she will be back for her second Olympics.
Khris Middleton (Basketball)
Khris Middleton had a great career for Texas A&M basketball, but when he was drafted in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, few imagined he would reach such heights in his career. Fast forward almost a decade, and Middleton is a two-time All Star for the Milwaukee Bucks, showcasing his game just two days ago by scoring 38 points (20 in the fourth quarter alone) in the Bucks’ Eastern Conference Finals win over the Atlanta Hawks. Middleton will join an always-star-studded USA basketball team that also includes Bam Adebayo, Bradley Beal, Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, Jerami Grant, Draymond Green, Jrue Holiday, Zach LaVine, Damian Lillard, Kevin Love and Jayson Tatum.
The Khris Middleton game. pic.twitter.com/i2SzN2Gx1W— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) June 28, 2021
Athing Mu (800m)
Mu dominated the collegiate ranks as a freshman on the Texas A&M track team this year, and after officially going pro earlier this month, she posted a 1:56.07 time in the 800 meters at the Olympic Trials, which is the current world-leading mark and is the second fastest by an American all-time. She has a legit chance for a gold medal, and may just be one of the most dominant athletes to ever come through Aggieland.
19-year-old @athiiing runs a 1:56.07 to set a new trials record and punch her ticket to Tokyo! @NBCOlympics | #TrackFieldTrials21 pic.twitter.com/8Nj4B2DRli— On Her Turf (@OnHerTurf) June 28, 2021
Tori Vidales (Softball)
Vidales graduated from A&M in 2018 after softball team this past season and currently works for the SEC Network as a softball analyst. She will represent Mexico in the 2020 games.