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Mississippi athletes continue to make an impact in Tokyo

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Mississippians continue to show out in Tokyo. 

Over the weekend, Ole Miss alum Raven Saunders (USA) became just the third American woman to ever medal in the shot put after earning the silver medal with her best throw measuring in at 19.79m/64-11.25 in the fifth round. A fellow former Rebel, Brittney Reese (USA) set herself up for a run at a third career Olympic medal after advancing through qualifying in the women’s long jump. Pole vaulter Sam Kendricks (USA) was forced to miss the games after a positive COVID-19 test. 

Abbeville native, Shelby McEwen (USA) finished 12th in the men’s high jump. 

Meanwhile, Pass Christian native Cory McGee has advanced to Wednesday’s 1,500m semifinal after finishing 16th in Sunday’s qualifier with a final time of 4:05.15. 

Mississippi State alum Marta Pen Freitas (Portugal) will run in the semis as well despite initially missing the qualifying time by a slim 1.11-second margin. It was ruled that Morocco’s Rababe Arafi pulled up and stopped on the track during the qualifier, therefore disrupting Pen Freitas’ stride as she could not get around Arafi. 

Former Bulldog Erica Bougard (USA) will attempt to medal in the heptathlon, which begins tonight. Marco Arop (Canada) finished 12th in the 800m. Brandon McBride, another Bulldog on Team Canada, also competed in the 800m. MSU’s Anderson Peters (Grenada – the country) & Curtis Anderson (USA) will compete in the javelin qualifiers on Tuesday. 

Jackson State’s Anaso Jobodwana (South Africa) will compete in tonight’s 200m and Adell Colthrust will represent Trinidad & Tobago in the 4x100m. 

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