Two golds! Now that the Olympics are over, athletes who previously competed in Myrtle Beach won two Gold Medals in Japan… In all, nine track-and-field athletes at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games had competed at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium earlier in their careers. Katie Nageotte and Trevor Stewart both won Gold Medals in Tokyo, with Stewart also winning a Bronze Medal. Here’s how all nine fared in Japan.
• Katie Nageotte, Gold Medalist in the women’s pole vault, clearing 4.90m (16’ 0.75”). She competed for Ashland University as a collegian at the Shamrock Invitational in 2012.
• Trevor Stewart, earned a Gold Medal in the men’s 4x400mR, by running the lead-off leg in the heats with a split of 44.79 and was a member of the Bronze Medal mixed 4x400mR, splitting 44.94 on the lead-off leg in the final. Stewart still holds the Beach Run Invitational meet records in the 200m and 400m, set as a Virginia prep athlete in 2016.
• Tia Adana Belle, advanced to semi-finals of the 400mH, finished 22nd overall. Won the 400m at the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational in 2021 and 2019, represents Barbados in the 400m Low Hurdles in Tokyo.
• Chukwuebuke Enekweechi, had 7th farthest throw in qualifying round of men’s shot put 21.16m (69' 5.25") and finished 12th in the final. Set previous Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium record in shot put while competing for Purdue University in 2016.
• Mulern Jean, ran season best 12.99 to advance to semi-finals of 100mH, finished 21st overall. She was the Big South Champion, running for Charleston Southern in that event at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in 2012.
• Chioma Onyekwere, qualified but ruled ineligible to compete. Set the women’s discus record of 57.77m (189’ 6”) at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in 2020 and represents Nigeria in that event in Tokyo.
• Tiffany Porter, advanced to semi-finals of the 100mH and finished 18th with a time of 12.85. Set the stadium record of 13.14 in the 100m High Hurdles in 2018 and is set to compete in her second Olympic Games for Great Britain. She was a finalist in the 100m High Hurdles in Rio.
• Shawn Rowe, finished 13th in the semi-finals of the 400mH with a personal best 48.83. Holds the Doug Shaw Memorial stadium record in the 400m Intermediate Hurdles, running 50.39 as a collegian in 2016 for St. Augustine’s. Rowe has since lowered his personal record to 49.04 and represented Jamaica in Tokyo.
• Kenny Selmon, finished 10th in the semi-finals of the 400mH with a time of 48.58. He won the 110m High Hurdles and 400m Intermediate Hurdles as a prep athlete at the Beach Run Invitational at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in both 2013 and 2014. Selmon went on to win the USATF Championship in the 400m Intermediate Hurdles (2018) and represented Team USA in Tokyo after finishing as the runner-up at the US Trials in Eugene, OR, with a personal-best 48.08.