Keni Harrison to Have Hometown Parade in Her Honor After Tokyo Olympics 2020 Success

Published 08/17/2021, 1:10 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Women’s 100m Hurdles – Medal Ceremony – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 2, 2021. Silver medallist, Kendra Harrison of the United States poses on the podium REUTERS/Dylan Martinez


Tokyo Olympics 2020 winners had a warm welcome back at home by their nations. Clinching medals is a moment of pride for athletes and everyone connected with them.

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Many athletes got cash rewards, gifts, and a lot of respect after their glories. American star Keni Harrison also received a lot of overwhelming love from her hometown.

24th August declared as Keni Harrison day

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Keni Harrison comes from the American town of Clayton, North Carolina. 28-year-old Keni clinched the Olympic silver medal in the 1o0 meters hurdle race at Tokyo.

Harrison’s journey in sports started at Clayton High school. Interestingly, she started off in soccer and cheerleading, but her coach saw a better future for her in athletics. Keni loves her small town, and she is their star.

The Clayton Town Council has announced the upcoming 24th of August as the Keni Harrison day in her honor. Additionally, they will also organize a parade for their Olympic champion.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 silver medalist also the World record holder

Keni Harrison holds the current world record in the 100m hurdles event. Harrison clocked the record at 12.5 seconds at the IAAF Diamond League athletic meeting.

Ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics, Harrison had a major upset as she missed out on the Olympic team. She finished at the sixth position in 2016 and made a comeback in 2020 by making it to the team.

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After finishing the race at Tokyo Olympics 2020, Harrison was extremely confident she had secured her Olympic dream. While the officials waited to check the photo finish result to determine the second and third place. Albeit, she was the winner of the silver medal at 12.52 seconds’ time.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Women’s 100m Hurdles – Final – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 2, 2021. Kendra Harrison of the United States celebrates after winning silver REUTERS/Phil Noble

At Tokyo Olympics 2020, Puerto Rico’s Camacho Quinn clinched the gold medal. Quinn is the sister of former UNC football star and current Chicago Bears Robert Quinn. Both Quinn and Harrison had practiced together for the lead up of Tokyo Olympics.

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Harrison has a big family back in Clayton, North Carolina. Olympic medalist has eleven siblings, out of which nine are adopted, including her. With her family’s and town’s support, the NCCA champion is now an Olympic champion.

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is an NBA and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A graduate of Political Science, Shreya comes from a strong sports background. A professional 10m air pistol shooter, Shreya is also a tennis enthusiast.

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