JuVaughn Harrison Joins Usain Bolt in an Exciting Partnership Ahead of Tokyo Olympics 2021

Published 07/10/2021, 9:17 AM EDT
Jun 11, 2021; Eugene, Oregon, USA; JuVaughn Harrison of LSU takes a victory lap after winning the high jump at 7-7 3/4 (2.33m) during the NCAA Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


JuVaughn Harrison is set to represent the USA in his first Olympic Games at Tokyo Olympics 2021. He will soon become one of the few in history to have participated in both the high jump and long jump. Given his higher stature and growing reputation, he has signed with German sports good giant, Puma.

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Harrison is now a Puma athlete. Puma is also associated with the fastest man alive, Usain Bolt. The brand doesn’t have many associations with track and field athletes from the US, however, Harrison’s signing should change a scenario that is dominated by Nike, Adidas, and New Balance.

 

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JuVaughn Harrison looking to create history at Tokyo Olympics 2021

Harrison is also going to become the first American since 1912 to participate in the high jump as well as the long jump. He qualified for both the events at the 2021 US Olympic track & field trials. The last American to take part in both the events was Jim Thorpe in 1912. Both the disciplines are different in approach and strategy. Hence it is difficult to juggle with them, but Harrison is more than confident to do that at Tokyo Olympics 2021.

“In the high jump, you’ve got to plant your foot to go up and above the bar, whereas in the long jump, you have got to go up and out. It is sometimes hard to correct that (training from one event to the other), but it is starting to become more of a habit,” Harrison said.

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JuVaughn Harrison of LSU wins the high jump at 7-7 3/4 (2.33m) during the US Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

But Harrison is going to Tokyo for medals in both events. That is something that hasn’t happened in a long time in Olympic history. If he does it, he will surely raise his stock and make Puma happy with their investment. “I’m going there with the goal of winning both events. I don’t like to lose,” Harrison confident about medal prospects at Tokyo Olympics.

According to his recent jumps, Harrison is a gold medal candidate in the long jump. In high jump, he is good but could be just out of the medal spots in Tokyo. But nevertheless, Harrison already is the first person in history to jump over 2.30 meters in the high jump and 8.40 meters in the long jump.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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