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University of Kansas alumnus advances to 800m semifinals in Tokyo Olympics

US Track Trials Athletics
Posted at 8:34 PM, Jul 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-30 21:34:58-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A University of Kansas alumnus has advanced to the 800-meter semifinals at the Tokyo Olympics.

Bryce Hoppel placed third to qualify with a time of 1:45.64 to move on in competition. Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir, of Kenya, placed first with a time of 1:45.33, followed by Mateusz Borkowski, of Poland, at 1:45.34.

Hoppel, a two-time national champion and five-time All-America selection while a Jayhawk, placed third in the U.S. Olympic Trials to qualify to race in Tokyo.

He also is a volunteer coach for KU Athletics.