Olympic Games 2020: six former Mississippi State athletes on their way to Tokyo

The state of Mississippi continues to make history.

Six former Track and Field Bulldogs are heading to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The combination of Marco Arop (Team Canada), Brandon McBride (Team Canada), Erica Bougard (Team United States), Curtis Thompson (Team United States), Marta Pen Freitas (Team Portugal) and Anderson Peters (Team Grenada) make up the largest group of former MSU athletes to compete in a single Olympic Games.

Here is some information about each participant, according to the press release from MSU.

Marco arop (800 mm men)

“Arop turned pro after competing at Mississippi State in 2018 and 2019, now for Adidas. He has been a three-time All-American, competing both indoors and outdoors, and won the USTFCCCA Accusplit Relay award for his participation in the 4x800m relay in 2018. He qualified twice for the NCAA indoor championships and twice outdoors. He won gold at the 2019 Pan Am Games for the 800m. He was also a championship finalist 2019 IAAF World Championship for his event where he was the youngest competitor. In 2018, he was the Outdoor Athletics Canada champion and silver medalist at the NACAC Outdoor Championships. Arop holds the 800 records. MSU indoor and outdoor m and the first year record. He is the Canadian national record holder in the indoor 800 m and the Pan Am Games record holder in the outdoor 800 m. Brandon McBride was the reason he came in the state of Mississippi.

Brandon McBride (800mm men)

“McBride competed for the Bulldogs from 2013 through 2016. He’s a nine-time All-American, which is tied for most MSUs. He has played six NCAA championships in total and is a two-time semi-finalist for the Bowerman. He was the Canadian National Champion in 2016, he competed in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio where he reached the semi-finals. He is ranked fourth in Canadian national history indoors and was a four-time Athletics Canada champion overall. He placed eighth at the 2017 Outdoor World Championships in London. McBride received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the State of Mississippi in 2016. “

Erica Bougard (heptathlon)

Bougard wore brown and white from 2012 to 2016. She is the most decorated student-athlete in Mississippi state history with 16 All-American accolades and holds five school records. Two-time SEC champion and three-time SEC Field Athlete of the Year was also the 2013 NCAA Pentathlon Champion. She won the Cliff Harper Trophy in 2015 and was the first female from MSU to be on Bowerman’s Watchlist, in 2015. The former Bulldog ranks 26.e in world history for heptathlon and fourth in US history. In 2019, she finished fourth at the World Outdoor Championships and fifth in the pentathlon at the 2018 World Indoor Championships. She is two-time USATF heptathlon champion and two-time USATF pentathlon champion. In 2017, she was also the USATF long jump champion. Bougard graduated from the State of Mississippi in 2016 with her bachelor’s degree in humanities. She placed third at the 2021 USATF Olympic Trials to secure her ticket to Tokyo. “

Curtis Thompson (javelin)

Thompson competed for Mississippi State from 2015 to 2019 and is considered a founding member of JavU. He is a four-time First Team Outdoor All-American and the 2016 NCAA Javelin Champion, where he was the first to win this event for State of Mississippi. He was an NCAA finalist in 2019. He is a two-time USATF champion in 2018 and 2021 and he won silver at the 2018 NACAC championships. represented the United States at the Pan American Games and The Europe vs USA match as well as the Athletics World Cup 2019. In 2016, he missed the qualification for the Rio Olympics by 13cm despite winning the US Olympic Trials . July 1. Thompson graduated from MSU with a Bachelor of Mathematics in 2020. “

Marta Pen Freitas (1500m)

Freitas competed for the Bulldogs from 2015 to 2017, in cross country, indoor and outdoor running. She was the 2015 NCAA 1500m and NCAA All-Region champion for the cross country the following fall, as well. named All-American. She is one of only three MSU athletes to be named All-American cross-country. In 2016, FloTrack named her Human of the Year. She won the SEC title in the 1,500m and the mile in 2016, also winning All-American first team honors in the 1,500m, and was part of the 2017 SEC distance relay title. Freitas is No. 2 in school history for the 800m and 1500m. She is a six-time Portuguese national champion with four 1500m titles and a 800m pair. She is making her second consecutive Olympic Games appearance after competing in Rio in 2016, announcing her place in the Olympic Games. team 2020 July 2. Freitas graduated from MSU in 2018 with her bachelor’s degree in business administration. do.

Anderson peters (javelin)

“Peters holds the NCAA Championship competition record, the SEC championship competition record, as well as the MSU freshman and school record in the javelin. He is a two-time NCAA and SEC, competing for brown and white for only 2018 and 2019 before turning pro and signing with Adidas. Peters is a two-time semi-finalist for The Bowerman and was named the SEC 2018 freshman of the year. holds seven of the 11 best throws in NCAA history.CARIFTA Games champion and Austin Sealy Award winner, he won bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Continental Cup, and won gold at the 2019 Pan American Games. Peters holds the Granada National Record, the Pan American Games Record and the CARIFTA Games Record. He is the reigning world champion after winning gold at the World Outdoor Championships in the IAAF 2019. He graduated from the State of Mis sissippi in 2021 with his degree in business management.

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