Arkansas Athletes Win 6 Medals in Rio


(via KARK) Arkansas athletes will leave Rio with 6 medals. Not too shabby.

In fact, that’s more medals earned than roughly 40 counties competing in the 2016 Olympics.

Here’s a look at who left Rio with medals and the athletes with Arkansas ties who competed…

Six athletes with ties to Arkansas won medals in their events:

  • Jeff Henderson, GOLD, USA. Of McAlmont (Pulaski County), long jumper finished first with a leap of 8.38.
  • Omar McLeod, GOLD, JAMAICA. Former Razorback who still lives in Fayetteville, 110m hurdler finished first with a time of 13.05.
  • Kyle Clemons, USA. NATIVE ARKANSAN. With a time of 2:58.38, the team finished second behind Jamaica in Friday night’s Round 1. Clemons didn’t compete in the final but still earns gold for competing in Round 1.
  • Taylor Ellis-Watson, USA. Former Razorback. With a time of 3:21.42, the team finished first in Friday night’s Round 1. Ellis-Watson didn’t compete in the final but still earns gold for competing in Round 1.
  • Sandi Morris, SILVER, USA. Former Razorback, of Greenville, South Carolina captured silver with a successful vault of 4.85m. She barely missed 4.90m and a chance for gold.
  • Veronica Campbell-Brown, SILVER, JAMAICA. Former Razorback, won a silver as part of the 4x100m relay.  It’s her eighth Olympic medal.

Here is how the other athletes have competed:

  • Kemoy Campbell, JAMAICA. Former Razorback. Competed Aug. 17 in Round 1 of the men’s 5000m, finishing 25th with a time of 13:30.32.
  • Antwon Hicks, NIGERIA. Of Hot Springs, the Nigerian/American ran for Nigeria in the men’s 110m hurdles Aug. 16, finishing 23rd with a time of 14.26.
  • Christine Kalmer, SOUTH AFRICA. Former Razorback. Competed Aug. 14 in the women’s marathon, finishing 96th with a time of 2:48:24.
  • David Lingmerth, SWEDEN. Former Razorback. Competed in men’s golf Aug. 11-14 but did not land a spot on the medal stand. He finished play at 6-under (it took 13-under to make the medal stand). Lingmerth finished in a tie for 11th place.
  • Sparkle McKnight, TRINIDAD and TOBAGO. Former Razorback. Competed Aug. 15 in women’s 400m hurdles, finishing in a tie for 30th place with a time of 56.80.
  • Clive Pullen, JAMAICA. Former Razorback. Competed in the triple jump Aug. 15 and finished 33rd with a leap of 16.08.
  • Dominique Scott, SOUTH AFRICA. Former Razorback. Competed Aug. 12 in the women’s 10000m and finished 21st with a time of 31:51.47.
  • Michael Tinsley, USA. NATIVE ARKANSAN of Little Rock and silver medalist in the 2012 London Olympics. He attended Joe T. Robinson High School. Tinsley competed Aug. 15 in Round 1 of the men’s 400m hurdles and finished 37th with a time of 50.18.
  • Lexi Weeks, USA. NATIVE ARKANSAN of Cabot. Current Razorback. Competed Aug. 16 in the women’s pole vault and did not qualify for medal competition after failing to clear 4.55m.
  • Chrishuna Williams, USA. Former Razorback (graduated in 2015), of Dallas. Competed Aug. 17 in Round 1 of the women’s 800m and finished 35th with a time of 2:01.19.
  • Natasha Wodak, CANADA. UALR Graduate. Competed Aug. 12 in the women’s 10000m and finished 22nd with a time of 31:53.14.
  • Tina Sutej, SLOVENIA. Former Razorback finished 11th overall in the women’s pole vault final by clearing 4.50m.
  • Tyson Gay, USA. The former Razorback’s medal drought continues as the men’s 4x100m relay team finished 3rd but was later disqualified.
  • Jarrion Lawson, USA. The former Razorback barely missed the opportunity to medal in both long jump and the men’s 4x100m relay. The relay team finished 3rd but was later disqualified. He finished fourth in long jump with a leap of 8.25.
  • Regina George, NIGERIA. Former Razorback. Nigerian team was disqualified from 4x400m relay competition.
  • Margaux and Isabella Isaksen (sisters). USA. From Fayetteville.  The sisters finished modern pentathlon competition placing 20th and 25th respectively.
  • Stacy Lewis, USA. Former Razorback finished 4th and just outside the medal stand.  She finished at 9-under.
  • Gaby Lopez, MEXICO. Former Razorback completed the tournament in 36th place.

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