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Meet the Missouri and Kansas athletes at the Olympics

Nine Kansas and Missouri-related athletes to watch out for in Rio

When the Rio Olympics get underway on August 5, all concerns about the host city's readiness will shift to the athletes themselves. The states of Missouri and Kansas will be represented with nearly 50 US and foreign athletes connected in various w
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When the Rio Olympics get underway on August 5, all concerns about the host city's readiness will shift to the athletes themselves. The states of Missouri and Kansas will be represented with nearly 50 US and foreign athletes connected in various w

Here’s a list of Olympians from Missouri or Kansas or with ties to the two states, with Tier 1 being “most local” and Tier 4 being least so:

Tier 1

JACK SOCK, Blue Valley North, tennis. Competition is Aug. 6-14 at Barra Tennis Center. He’s expected to compete in singles and doubles.

LYDIA PATERSON, Piper High/KCK, shooting/air rifle. Her entire competition is Aug. 7.

ZACH GARRETT, Wellington, Mo., archery. Competition is Aug. 6-12, with team events on Aug. 6 that could result in a medal.

J’DEN COX, Mizzou/Columbia, wrestling. Entire competition on Aug. 20.

AMY CRAGG, Leavenworth, marathon. Aug. 14.

MASON FINLEY, from KC and attended KU for a time, discus. Qualifying is Aug. 12; if he advances, finals are Aug. 13.

COURTNEY FRERICHS, UMKC’S first Olympian, from Nixa, Mo., steeplechase. Prelims are Aug. 13, finals are Aug. 15.

BECKY SAUERBRUNN, FCKC/women’s soccer. Team USA opens on Aug. 3 vs. New Zealand, group play goes through Aug. 9, semifinals are Aug. 16 (though only one of the two is in Rio) and final is Aug. 19.

Tier 2

KYLE CLEMONS, former KU sprinter from Texas, 1,600-meter relay. Round 1 on Aug. 19, finals on Aug. 20.

ANDREA GEUBELLE, KU, from Washington but has family in KC area, triple jump. Qualifying on Aug. 13, finals on Aug. 14.

NICO HERNANDEZ, Wichita, boxing. The 20-year-old qualified for the light flyweight (108 pounds) division in Rio by winning a March qualifying bout in Argentina. Competition is Aug. 6-14, with prelims scheduled for Aug. 6 and Aug. 8, quarterfinals Aug. 10, semifinals Aug. 12 and final on Aug. 14.

ERIK KYNARD, K-State. Ohio native, 2012 silver medalist in high jump. Qualifying on Aug. 14, finals on Aug. 16.

Tier 3

ALAZS BAJI, K-State, track and field (for Hungary). Baji will compete in his second Olympics, running the 110 hurdles. Round one is Aug. 15, semis and finals on Aug. 16

GWEN BERRY, McCluer High (St. Louis), hammer throw. Qualifying Aug. 12, finals Aug. 15.

BRITTANY BORMAN, Festus High (St. Louis area), javelin. Qualifying Aug. 16, final Aug. 18.

DOMINIQUE BOUCHARD, Mizzou, swimmer (for Canada), 100 and 200 backstrokes. 100 back prelims and semis are Aug. 7, final is Aug. 8. 200 back prelims and semis are Aug. 11, final is Aug. 12

HILARY CALDWELL, Mizzou, swimmer (for Canada), 200 backstroke. 200 back prelims and semis are Aug. 11, final is Aug. 12

VERONICA CAMPBELL BROWN, Barton CC, track and field (for Jamaica). Campbell-Brown, 34, will be in her fifth Olympics, competing in the 200. She has won seven medals, including two golds in the 200. Round one is Aug. 15, semis Aug. 16th, finals Aug. 17th.

MACK DARRAGH, Mizzou, swimmer (for Canada), 400 medley relay: Prelims Aug. 12, final Aug. 13

ANDRE DE GRASSE, Coffeyville CC, track and field (for Canada). Originally from Markham, Ontario, de Grasse is a medal hopeful in the 100 and 200 meters. He’ll also likely run the 400 relay. 100 prelims Aug. 13, finals Aug. 14; 200 prelims Aug. 16, finals Aug. 18; 400 relay rounds Aug. 18, final Aug. 19.

TYSON GAY, Barton CC, track and field. Gay, 33, will be a part of the 400-meter relay team after finishing fifth in the Trials’ 100 and sixth in the 200.

AKELA JONES, K-State, track and field (for Barbados). Jones will compete in the heptathlon and high jump. She won NCAA titles for K-State in both events: Heptathlon is Aug. 12-14; high jump qualifying Aug. 18th, finals Aug. 20.

JEFFREY JULMIS, K-State, track and field (for Haiti). Julmis was born in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and will run the 110 hurdles. Round one is Aug. 15, semis and finals on Aug. 16.

UVIS KALNINS, Missouri State, swimmer (for Latvia). Kalnins was Latvia’s only male swimmer to qualify. 200 IM prelims and semis are Aug. 10, final Aug. 11.

ANTANAS KAVALIAUSKAS, Barton CC, basketball (for Lithuania). Kavaliauskas, 31, plays professionally in Lithuania after an American collegiate career at Barton and Texas A&M. Group play is Aug. 7-15.

EDWARD KING, Ironton, Mo., (broad St. Louis area) rowing, lightweight four team: Heats Aug. 6, “repechage” Aug. 7, semifinals Aug. 9, finals Aug. 11.

SHADAE LAWRENCE, K-State track and field (for Jamaica). A discus thrower, Lawrence was chosen Big 12 outstanding freshman in track in the spring. Qualifying is Aug. 15, finals Aug. 16.

DAINA LEVY, KU, track and field (for Jamaica). A hammer thrower from Mississauga, Ontario, Levy attended high school in Georgia before enrolling at KU. Qualifying Aug. 12, finals Aug. 15.

KEVIN LISCH, St. Louis University, basketball (for Australia): In Group A (with Team USA), Aug. 6-14.

JOSH PRENOT, born in Sedalia, Mo., calls Santa Maria, Calif., home. 200 breaststroke, heats and semis Aug. 9, finals Aug. 10.

DEANNA PRICE, Moscow Mills, Mo., native (extended St. Louis area) but went to high school in Illinois: Hammer throw: qualifying Aug. 12, finals Aug. 15.

COLLEEN QUIGLEY, St. Louis, steeplechase.

BEVERLY RAMOS, K-State track and field (for Puerto Rico). Ramos, who’ll run the marathon, competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2012 Games. Marathon is Aug. 14.

MIKE RODGERS: McCluer High (St. Louis): 400 relay: Rounds Aug. 18, final Aug. 19.

LIANA SALAZAR, KU, soccer (for Colombia). Salazar played for KU during 2011-15, scoring 28 goals. Playing in Group G (includes Team USA) Aug. 3-9.

ZAINAB SANNI, KU, track and field (for Nigeria). KU senior-to-be finished sixth in the Nigerian trials’ 100 meters to earn a spot on the 400 relay team. Aug. 18 first round, finals Aug. 19.

MIKEL SCHREUDERS, Mizzou, swimmer for Aruba, 200 free: Prelims and semis on Aug. 7, final Aug. 8.

FLORIAN SKILANG TEMENGIL, Newman, freestyle wrestling (for Palau). Temegil, 29, will compete in the Olympics for the second time (2008) as a heavyweight. Entire event is Aug. 20.

ALYX TREASURE, K-State track and field (for Canada). Treasure won the Canadian trials’ high jump. Qualifying Aug. 18, finals Aug. 20.

MURPHY TROY, St. Louis University/St. Louis native: men’s volleyball: In Group A, Aug. 7-15, semis Aug. 19, finals Aug. 21.

MILES UKAOMA, Wichita, track and field (for Nigeria). A 400 hurdler, Ukaoma attended Maize High and was a four-time NCAA All-American at Nebraska. Qualifying Aug. 15, semis Aug. 16 and finals Aug. 18.

INGRID VIDAL, KU, soccer (for Colombia). Vidal spent the 2011-12 year at KU, scoring 11 goals with six assists. Group G (includes Team USA) plays from Aug. 3-9.

Tier 4

MUHAMMAD BEGALIEV, (Uzbekistan), weightlifting, Lindenwood University. Aug. 6-16.

MORGAN CRAFT, (Pennsylvania), shooting, Lindenwood. Qualifying and finals Aug. 12.

FABIAN FLORANT, (Netherlands), triple jump, Lindenwood and Missouri State (grad school). Qualifying Aug. 15, finals Aug. 16.

FERNANDO REIS, (Brazil), weightlifting, Lindenwood. Aug. 6-16.

DONALD THOMAS, (Bahamas), high jump, Lindenwood. Prelims are Aug. 14, final Aug. 16.

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