As I’ve done for the last four Olympic Games, I’m honoring immigrants on Team USA. There are 43 in Rio and I’m grouping this time by sport. The track and field team is where we begin with several immigrants leading the charge.
Kenyan-born Hillary Bor will be competing in the 3000 meter steeplechase event. Bor has the distinction of gaining US citizenship via the US Army’s MAVNI immigration program.
Paul Chelimo is also Kenyan-born and became a US citizen by serving in the US Army. He is competing in the 5000 meter run.
Trinidad-born Kerron Clement is a two-time Olympian and has previously won a gold and a silver medal. He is competing this year in the 400 meter hurdles. He and the legendary Edwin Moses are the only two men to ever win the 400 meter hurdles world title twice.
United Kingdom-born Kim Conley will be competing in the 5000 meter run. She was the first student at the University of California, Davis to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and this is her second time on Team USA.
Ethiopian-born Charles Jock is competing in the 800 meter run. Charles was born to Sudanese parents in an refugee camp and his family came to the country via our refugee program. Charles has three brothers and five sisters and was raised in San Diego.
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