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Tokyo Olympics Primer – What Alabama Athletes Have Qualified

(updated 7-20-2021)

The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will now run July 23, 2021 through August 8, 2021. As with most Summer Olympics, Alabama will be well-represented. We’ll track athletes who have qualified for the Games in this space, and will update regularly as the opening ceremonies approach.

First NameLast NameCountryDisciplineEvent(s)
HaylieMcCleneyUnited StatesSoftballSoftball
DavidRobertsonUnited StatesBaseballBaseball
RhyanWhiteUnited StatesSwimmingWomen’s 100m Back, Women’s 200m Back
DanielHaughUnited StatesAthleticsMen’s Hammer Throw
QuaneshaBurksUnited StatesAthleticsWomen’s Long Jump
ShelbyMcEwenUnited StatesAthleticsMen’s High Jump
AbbasQaliKuwaitSwimmingMen’s 100m Butterfly
KristianGkolomeevGreeceSwimmingMen’s 50m Freestyle; Men’s 4×100 Free Relay
DianaPetkovaBulgariaSwimmingWomen’s 100m Breast; Women’s 200m Medley
LeonieKullmannGermanySwimmingWomen’s 400m Free; Women’s 4×200 Free Relay
AntonMcKeeIcelandSwimmingMen’s 200m Breast
KaliaAntoniouCyprusSwimmingWomen’s 50m Free; Women’s 100m Free
JustinThomasUnited StatesGolfMen’s Golf
StephanieMeadowIrelandGolfWomen’s Golf
MerelVan DongenNetherlandsSoccerWomen’s Soccer
ShallonOlsenCanadaGymnasticsVault; others TBD
JereemRichardsTrinidad & TobagoAthleticsMen’s 200m; Men’s 4×400 Relay
PortiousWarrenTrinidad & TobagoAthleticsWomen’s Shot Put
KiraniJamesGrenadaAthleticsMen’s 400m
RemonaBurchellJamaicaAthleticsWomen’s 4×100 Relay
AlyaStanisclausTrinidad & TobagoAthleticsWomen’s 4×100 Relay
NatasshaMcDonaldCanadaAthleticsWomen’s 400m; Women’s 4×400 Relay
SarahRoblesUnited StatesWeighlifting+87kg Weightlifting

Haylie McCleney was originally named to the USA softball team in October 2019. USA Softball has kept the initially-named team intact.

Kristian Gkolomeev and Anton McKee have qualified for the Olympics by meeting FINA A Standard times at numerous sanctioned meets during the qualification window.

Kirani James has met the World Athletics qualifying standard in the 400m in all three of his events during the current outdoor season. Grenada officially announced its team on July 1.

Jereem Richards met the World Athletics qualifying standard in the 200m at the USATF Golden Games on May 9. Trinidad & Tobago released its official roster on July 3. He’ll run in the 200m and the 4x400m Relay. Alabama signee Alya Stanisclaus was also named to the T&T Team for the Women’s 4x100m Relay.

Sarah Robles, who competed for Women’s Track & Field in 2007, was named to the US Olympic Team by USA Weightlifting on May 19.

Leonie Kullman was named to the German Olympic team by the German Olympic Sports Confederation on May 19.

Diana Petkova met the FINA A Standard in the 200m IM at the European Championship on May 21.

David Robertson participated as a member of the Team USA baseball team in the World Baseball and Softball Confederation Baseball Americas qualifying tournament. USA secured an Olympic berth by winning the tournament on June 5. Robertson was part of the official roster released on July 2.

Rhyan White finished 2nd in the Women’s 100m Backstroke at the USA Swimming Olympic Trials in Omaha on June 15. She subsequently won the Women’s 200m Backstroke on June 19 to add a second event.

Merel Van Dongen was named to the Netherlands Olympic team when the final roster was announced on June 16.

Shallon Olsen was named to the Canadian Olympic team by Gymnastics Canada on June 17.

Abbas Qali met the Olympic standard for the Men’s 100m Butterfly at a meet in Slovenia on June 20.

Daniel Haugh finished 2nd in the Men’s Hammer Throw at the USATF Olympic Trials on June 20 to qualify for the Olympic team.

Justin Thomas was officially named to the Men’s Golf Olympic team on June 22. Thomas qualified by virtue of being one of the Top 4 US golfers in the Olympic Golf Rankings through the 2021 US Open.

Kalia Antoniou was confirmed as a member of the Cyprus Olympic Team at an event on June 25. Antoniou will swim in freestyle events.

Quanesha Burks finished 3rd in the Women’s Long Jump at the USATF Olympic Trials on June 26 to qualify for the Olympic team.

Shelby McEwen finished 3rd in the Men’s High Jump at the USATF Olympic Trials on June 27 to qualify for the Olympic team.

Stephanie Meadow was officially named to Ireland’s Women’s Golf Olympic team in the final Olympic Golf Rankings published by the International Golf Federation on June 28.

Remona Burchell was named to the Jamaica Olympic team on June 30. She’ll compete in the Women’s 4×100 Relay.

Natassha McDonald will be running in 400m events for Canada, as announced on July 3.

Portious Warren was added to the Trinidad & Tobago roster on July 6. She wasn’t included on the original list, but qualified based on being ranked in the Top 32 in the Women’s Shot Put world rankings, and was later added.

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