3 Red Raiders You Can Cheer On at the Rio Olympics
Three Red Raiders have joined an elite list of former Texas Tech athletes to participate in the Olympics.
The list includes all-time greats such as Sheryl Swoopes, Sally Kipyego and Michael Mathieu, who all received medals in their respective Olympic games.
Find out who made the cut for Rio below.
Gil Roberts has already qualified for the Olympic team as a participant in the 400m.
“The goal was to make it to Rio, and I did whatever I could to get it,” Roberts said. “I got second, so I’m pleased with it. I’ve still got things to work on, so that’s always a positive knowing that you didn’t do everything perfect when you lost.”
Roberts ran a 44.73 in the final heat to place second. The top three qualified for the team.
Janine Beckie is playing soccer in the Olympics but not for Team USA. She is a rising Star on the Canadian Women's National Team. Canada looks to improve on the bronze they won in 2012.
Beckie and her Canadians will face Australia, Zimbabwe, and Germany in Group F of the Olympic Soccer Tournament.
Bradley Adkins was a 1st team All-American and got 2nd place in the Big 12 Tournament. He hit the Olympic standard and qualified for the trials at the Tyson Invitational in February.
Adkins battled off competitors and the rain this weekend to place 3rd in the finals of the high jump Olympic Trials. Adkins did not hit the Olympic Standard this past weekend, but he exceeded it in a previous meet so will be joining Team USA and heading to Rio.
- Guns Up
Hannah Carson placed 2nd in the javelin this weekend, but failed to hit the Olympic Standard.
Since she had not hit the standard previously, she will not be moving on to Rio despite placing second this weekend.
Guns Up to Carson for representing the Red Raiders on a huge stage and getting a silver medal.