The 2016 Summer Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, and this year, several Kansas natives and residents will compete, representing 10 countries. Some of these athletes are from none other than Wichita! Here’s a list of Kansans competing in this year’s games.
Nico Hernandez, 20, is a boxer from Wichita. He will represent team USA in the light flyweight division in Rio.
Miles Ukaoma of Wichita will represent Nigeria in the 400 meter hurdles. Ukaoma has previously won two state championships for Maize High School.
Florian Skilang Temengil
Freestyle wrestler Florian Skilang Temengil, 29, returns to the Olympics for the second time this year after competing in Beijing 2008. Temengil, who has wrestled for Newman University, represents Palau and will compete in the heavyweight division.
After a fifth-place finish in the trials, 33-year-old Gay will represent the United States as a member of the 400 meter relay team. The track and field athlete has also competed for Barton Community college.
Veronica Campbell Brown
Veronica Campbell Brown will compete in her fifth Olympic games this year, representing Jamaica in the 200 meter. Brown, who has competed for Barton Community College, has won two gold medals in the event and a total of seven Olympic medals in her career.
Also a former Barton Community College athlete, 31-year-old Kavaliauskas is a professional basketball player in Lithuania. He will represent the country in this year’s Olympics.
Erik Kynard was awarded the Olympic gold medal in the high jump in the 2012 summer games in London. Kynard has previously been a member of the Kansas State University track and field team.
Representing Hungary in the 2016 games, Baji competes in the 110 hurdles at the Olympics for the second time this year. Baji has also competed for K-State.
Jones will compete in two events in Rio, representing Barbados in both high jump and the heptathalon. She won NCAA titles for both of these events while competing at Kansas State University.
The Fort Lauderdale, Florida native has competed on the track and field team at Kansas State University, and will represent Haiti in the 110 hurdles in 2016. This is his second time competing in the Olympics.
Lawrence, a track and field athlete who has competed for Kansas State University, will represent Jamaica at Rio in the discus throw at this year’s summer games.
Ramos will represent Puerto Rico at the games, competing in the marathon. This is Ramos’s second Olympic competition, having competed in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 2012.
Competing for Canada, Treasure is a high jumper, and she met the qualifying standard at K-State.
Andre De Grasse
De Grasse will compete in three events in Rio, representing Canada in the 100 meter, 200 meter, and the 400 relay. He attended Coffeyville Community College in 2013 and 2014 where he won five NJCAA titles.
Kyle Clemons competed for the University of Kansas from 2009 to 2013. He will compete in the 1600 meter relay.
A former discus and shot put competitor for KU, Finley will compete in the after placing first in discus at the Olympic trials.
Geubelle competed in both the triple jump and long jump at the University of Kansas. She finished third in the Olympic trials for triple jump, qualifying to compete in Rio.
Daina Levy is a former KU athlete. The hammer thrower will represent Jamaica in the games.
Salazar was a member of the KU soccer team, and will compete for Columbia in Rio.
Sanni, who will be a senior at the University of Kansas this fall, will compete for Nigeria in the 400 meter relay team.
Vidal is a former KU soccer player. She competes for Columbia alongside Salazar.
Paterson, of Kansas City, Kansas, will compete in the 10-meter air pistol competition in the 2016 summer games.
Ranked one of the top 25 men’s tennis players in the world, Jack Sock of Kansas City, Kansas will also compete in Rio.
Amy Cragg of Leavenworth, Kansas returns to the Olympics this year after running the 10,000 meter in 2012. She’ll compete in the women’s marathon in Rio.
Antwon Hicks, assistant coach for Kansas’s Neosho County Community College’s track team, will represent Nigeria in the110 meter hurdles in the Rio de Janeiro games.
Former Kansas Olympians
Jim Bausch – won the men’s decathlon in 1932
Harold Manning — placed fifth in 3,000 meter steeplechase in 1936.
Jeff Farrell — won both the 400 meter relay and the 800-meter freestyle relay in 1960.
Jim Ryun – ran the 1500 meter in 1964, 1968 and 1972, winning the silver medal in the event in 1968.
Ron Neugent – Competed in the 1500 Free swimming event in 1980.
Darnell Valentine – played on the 1980 U.S. Olympic basketball team.
Lynette Woodard – won a gold medal with the U.S. women’s basketball team in 1984.
Marc Waldie, volleyball — Was part of the gold medal-winning U.S. men’s team.
Lynette Woodard, basketball — Was part of the gold medal-winning U.S. women’s team.
Mark Lewis – took sixth place in men’s individual bowling in 1988.
Kym Carter— placed eleventh in the heptathlon in 1992.
Darren Dreifort - pitched for the U.S. baseball team, taking fourth place in 1992.
Lisa Neuberger – placed 13th in women’s windsurfing for the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1992.
Chris Wimmer - played second base on the 1992 U.S. baseball team.
Lisa Neuberger – took 14th in women’s windsurfing for the U.S. Virgin islands in 1996.
Caroline Bruce – Swam in the 200 meter breaststroke in 2004, but did not qualify for the final.