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Former Syracuse track and field and cross country standout Justyn Knight announced he was selected to represent Team Canada at the 2020 Olympics. Knight ran distance events at SU, most notably finishing as the 5000-meter champion at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in 2018. Knight first competed with Canada at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, where he finished 8th in the 5000-meter race.
The 24-year-old was ranked as the 11th-best runner in the men’s 5000-meter race for 16 weeks and set his personal best (12:51:93) in the event at the Stadio Luigi Ridolfi in Italy on June 10. While he didn’t begin running until his sophomore year of high school, Knight was the Canadian Junior record holder in the mile (3:59.57).
With the Orange, Knight was an eight-time USTFCCCA All-American and was named to the USTFCCCA first team seven times. During his sophomore season, Syracuse cross country won the national title — their second in program history. Knight broke the school record in the 1500-meter event at the Virginia Challenge in his Syracuse track debut and holds four different track and field records.
Fellow Syracuse alumni Jerami Grant (Team USA basketball) and Jenna Caira (Team Canada softball) will join Knight at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
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