Multiple UK alumnae earn medals in Sunday’s Olympic competition

Camacho-Quinn’s training partner and former Cat Keni Harrison took home silver for Team USA

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TOKYO (AP/UK Public Relations/WTVQ) — More and more former University of Kentucky athletes are displaying their talents for the world at the Tokyo Olympics.

UK alum Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico powered ahead of American Keni Harrison, another UK alum, in the women’s 100-meter hurdles Monday, springing an upset and keeping the United States out of the win column at the Olympic track meet for yet another session.

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Camacho-Quinn finished in 12.37 seconds for a .15 second win — a blowout in such a short race — over the world-record holder, Harrison. Harrison finished in 12.52 seconds. Jamaica’s Megan Tapper finished third.

Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory that competes under its own flag at the Olympics, has one more track gold medal than the deepest team at the Games as the meet approaches its halfway point.

Camacho-Quinn’s best time coming into the Olympics was 12.38. She ran a 12.26 in the semifinals that ranks fourth on the all-time list.

Additionally, UK College of Medicine student Gerek Meinhardt will bring home his second bronze medal as part of Team USA in the men’s team foil competition at the delayed 2020 Olympics. The team defeated Japan 45-31. Meinhardt previously won a bronze medal in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

UK medical student Gerek Meinhardt has won his second bronze medal in men’s team foil in Tokyo.
(Source: University of Kentucky)

Team USA’s starting lineup for the day included 2016 Olympic individual silver medalist Alex Massialas, of San Francisco, California, who competed in college at Stanford University; six-time Senior World medalist Gerek Meinhardt, a native of San Francisco, who competed for Notre Dame University; and 2018 Junior World Champion Nick Itkin, of Los Angeles, California, who also competed for Notre Dame. Race Imboden, of Brooklyn, New York, a 2019 Senior World Team Champion with Massialas and Meinhardt, was subbed in during the second rotation.

Meinhardt, like Massialas, trained with the Massialas Foundation.

Massialas, Meinhardt and Imboden won bronze together in 2016 with Itkin competing at his first Games this year.

Team USA defeated Germany, 45-36, in the quarter-finals, but lost to the Russian Olympic Committee, 45-41.

The bronze medal win by Team USA marks the second Olympic medal in the men’s team foil event for the United States since 1932.

Meinhardt earned his bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame, where he met his wife, fellow UK medical student Lee Kiefer, the gold medal winner in women’s individual foil.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com