Lowcountry athletes go for the gold in Rio

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Meet the athletes with ties to the Lowcountry that will compete in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Raven Saunders, USA, Women’s Shot Put

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Raven Saunders is a graduate of Burke High School in Charleston, and a sophomore at Ole Miss.
In 2016, Raven broke a collegiate record in winning the NCAA women’s outdoor shot put title.  She also won SEC shot put titles during the indoor and outdoor seasons, and she won the gold medal in the shot put at the 2015 Pan American Junior Championships.  Before heading to Ole Miss, Raven won two NCAA titles as a freshman at Southern Illinois University.  Raven finished second in the U.S. Olympic Trials last month.

Qualification for the women’s shot put begins at 8am ET Friday, August 12th, with the finals scheduled for 8pm that night.

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Puerto Rico, Women’s 100m Hurdles

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Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Summerville is an alumna of Fort Dorchester High School, and will compete in the women’s 100m hurdles for Puerto Rico.  She is a rising sophomore at the University of Kentucky.
Camacho-Quinn is the 2016 NCAA champion in the event, and was an All-American in the 100m hurdles, 200m, and 4x100m relay.  Her brother, Robert Quinn, is an all-pro defensive end for the Los Angeles Rams.

The preliminaries of the women’s 100m hurdles are Tuesday, August 16th, with the semi-finals and final set for Wednesday, August 17th.

Carvin Nkanata, Kenya, Men’s 200m

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Carvin Nkanata is a Summerville native, and 2010 graduate of Summerville High School, competing for Kenya in the men’s 200m.
He won the bronze medal in the 2014 African Championships, and his personal best time of 20.14 seconds is the Kenyan record.

The preliminaries for the men’s 200m are Tuesday, August 16th, the semi-finals are Wednesday, August 17th, and the final is Thursday, August 18th.

B.J. Hornikel, Germany, Swimming

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BJ Hornikel is a 2010 graduate of Stratford High School and will compete for Germany in swimming.
A two-time state champion, and seven-time All-American at the University of Alabama, Hornikel will swim the 4x100m freestyle relay on Sunday, and the 100m freestyle on Tuesday.  He was born in Germany, but his father’s job brought the family to Goose Creek.

 

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