After weeks of training, four U.S. athletes from black colleges will compete in The 2016 Rio Games, one is seeking her second gold medal.

Jackson State grad and two-time Olympian Michael Tinsley is looking forward to his first taste of gold in the 400-meter hurdles.

On the track, the Hampton star Francena McCorory is chasing gold, again. Coppin State’s Christina Epps is a newcomer to the international scene, and Jeff Henderson, who earned a business administration degree from Stillman in 2013, is also experiencing what it feels like to be an Olympian for the first time.

Here is the list of HBCU athletes competing in Rio.

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Christina Epps: Epps is a Coppin State grad who qualified for her first trip the Rio Games, registering a new personal record of 46 feet, 6 inches in the triple jump.

Jeff Henderson: Henderson is a former Stillman College athlete and is the winner of the long jump title in the 2016 U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials.

Francena McCorory: McCorory is a Hampton standout and is the defending 4×400 relay champion along with three others.

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Michael Tinsley: The former Jackson State star qualified for the Olympics in the 400-meter hurdles.


  1. Lets go hold it down for the HBCU family in 4 years Quanera Hayes&Dontavius Wright will be HBCU representatives in Tokyo

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