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JSU Standout Michael Tinsley Qualifies for 2016 Rio Olympics

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Former Jackson State University track and field standout Michael Tinsley is Olympics bound following a third-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles during the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials on Sunday.

The Little Rock, Ark. native posted a time of 48.82 seconds in the event to punch his ticket to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Prior to gaining international fame, Tinsley put together one of the most decorated careers by a Jackson State track and field athlete, becoming a three-time NCAA All-American as well as the Tigers’ first-ever NCAA Division I National Champion in track and field, as he captured the 2006 title in his signature event.

This marks the second-straight Olympic berth for the former Tiger, as he won the silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles during the 2012 Olympic Games in London with a personal-best time of 47.91 seconds.

The Rio Olympics are set to begin Aug. 5 and will continue through Aug. 21.

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