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Former KU Track’s Hoppel Wins US Olympic Trials, Qualifies for Paris Olympics



EUGENE, Ore. ( – Former Kansas Track and Field standout Bryce Hoppel took the gold medal at the 2024 US Olympic Track and Field Trials, qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympics with his victory.

Hoppel, the Midland, Texas native, ran a 1:42.77 in the men’s 800m final, which was good for first place overall and a new US Olympic Trials event record.

Current Jayhawk Distance Coach Michael Whittlesey coached Hoppel while he was running at Kansas, and continues to coach the now-professional adidas runner. Whittlesey and Hoppel will join Head Coach Stanley Redwine, who was named the Team USA Olympic Men’s Track and Field Head Coach, in Paris starting on July 26.

Other Olympic-bound Jayhawks include Michael Joseph, a current member of the Kansas Track and Field team who will be representing his home country of Saint Lucia in the men’s 400m. Recently-graduated Yoveinny Mota will also be in Paris, running the women’s 100m hurdles for Venezuela.