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LSU Olympians Return From Tokyo With Impressive Medal Haul

Athletics - Olympics: Day 12 Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

LSU current and former athletes finished with 6 gold medals, 2 silver, and 3 bronze at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Country medal rankings can be subjective, but by conventional counts LSU would have ranked 17th as a country, between South Korea and Poland.

Track & Field led the Tigers as you might expect, their 6 medalists passing LSU T&F’s previous high mark of 5 in 2004. Vernon Norwood became the first Tiger since Richard Thompson to medal in multiple events (4x400m relay/gold, 4x400m mixed relay/bronze). Mondo Duplantis finally got the gold medal we all knew he was destined for in the pole vault and came close to breaking his own world record. While he didn’t medal, JuVaughn Harrison still impressed in his efforts as the first man to compete in the High Jump and Long Jump in the same Olympics since Jim Thorpe, and he has a long olympic career ahead of him.

Sylvia Fowles earned her 4th gold with the US women’s basketball team, continuing to cement her legacy as one of the all time greats in the sport, while Duop Reath help Australia to Men’s hoops bronze. Allysha Chapman and Canada pulled one of the big upsets of the Olympics by taking the Women’s Soccer gold. Michael Venus brought New Zealand a bronze in Men’s Doubles, their first medal in tennis in over 100 years.

It was also a successful Games for LSU coaching, particularly the swim team. Softball Assistant Howard Dobson helped the USA to silver in the sport’s return to the Olympics. Retiring Swim coach Dave Geyer gets credit for the first gold medalist in LSU Swimming history with Brooks Curry’s work on the 4x100 freestyle relay team while incoming coach Rick Bishop helped Hong Kong to 2 silver medals in the Women’s 100m and 200m Freestyle.

Below you’ll find the full results for all LSU athletes and coaches who participated.

Tigers at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics

Sport LSU Player/Coach Representing Event
Sport LSU Player/Coach Representing Event
Softball Amanda Sanchez Mexico Loss in Bronze Medal game v Canada
Howard Dobson USA (Assistant Coach) vs Japan - Silver Medal
Soccer Allysha Chapman Canada Final v Sweden - Gold Medal
Women's Basketball Sylvia Fowles USA Final v Japan - Gold Medal
Men’s Basketball Duop Reath Australia vs Slovenia - Bronze Medal
Women’s Golf Madelene Sagstrom Sweden Women's Stroke Play - (-7), Tied for 20th
Men’s Tennis Michael Venus New Zealand Men's Doubles - Bronze Medal
Neal Skupski Great Britain Men's Doubles - 2nd Rd elimination
Swimming Brooks Curry USA 4 x 100m Relay Freestyle Relay - Gold Medal
Juan Celaya-Hernandez Mexico Diving Men's Synchronized 3m Springboard - 4th place
Anne Tuxen Norway Diving Women's 10m Platform - 28th place
Rick Bishop Hong Kong (Head Coach) Women's 100m Freestyle - Silver Medal
Women's 200m Freestyle - Silver Medal
Track & Field Favour Ofili Nigeria W 200m - DNP
W 4 x 100m Relay - DNP
Mondo Duplantis Sweden M Pole Vault - Gold Medal
Michael Cherry USA M 400m - Final - 4th Place
M 4 x 400m Relay - Gold Medal
Damion Thomas Jamaica M 110m Hurdles - 3rd in Semifinal heat
JuVaughn Harrison USA M High Jump - 7th Place
M Long Jump - 5th Place
Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake Great Britain M 4 x 100m Relay - Silver Medal
M 200m - 5th in Heat
Kelly-Ann Baptiste Trinidad & Tobago W 100m - 6th place in Heat 2
W 4 x 100m Relay - 8th in Heat
Vernon Norwood USA M 4 x 400m Relay - Gold Medal (sub)
4 x 400m Relay Mixed - Bronze Medal
Aleia Hobbs USA W 4 x 100m Relay - Silver Medal
Richard Thompson Trinidad & Tobago M 4 x 100m Relay - 6th in Heat
Semoy Hackett Trinidad & Tobago W 4 x 100m Relay - 8th in Heat
Akanni Hislop Trinidad & Tobago M 4 x 100m Relay - 6th in Heat