The former Syracuse Orange athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics are guaranteed to win at least four medals but two are hoping to make golden memories. On Friday morning at 8 am eastern Justyn Knight will compete in his first Olympics final when he takes to the track for the 5000m. Knight was fourth in his heat in a time of 13:30.22 and of the sixteen finalists his personal-best of 12:51 is sixth-fastest.
The heat and humidity have had an impact on the track competition with many of the distance races turning into tactical affairs. For Justyn patience and positioning will be crucial but he has spent this year preparing for this style of race with a focus on his 1500 speed. Having his Canadian teammate Mo Ahmed in the field will give him someone to work with as the push for medal position.
Survive and Advance.— Justyn Knight (@justyn_knight) August 4, 2021
I will be racing the Olympic 5000m final on August 6th at 8:00 AM (EST). Keep me in your thoughts and prayers ❤️ .
• Also thank you to everyone who reached out to me! I am so grateful for all of you. #tokyo2020 #athletics pic.twitter.com/3PmFWM32h3
Jerami Grant and the USA Men’s Basketball team will play for the gold medal on Saturday in a rematch against France. The US advanced by defeating Australia 97-78 using a dominant third quarter where they out-scored the Aussies 32-10 to put the game away. Grant only saw two minutes of action in this one but if the Americans can avenge their opening game loss he’ll keep the Syracuse Basketball gold medal streak alive.
Good luck to Justyn and Jerami as they look to bring back some Orange Gold.