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Over 100 African-American Athletes will Participate in the 2016 Rio Olympics Games

Jamal Muhammad July 24, 2016
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Many African-American athletes surpassed records and made sporting history before being invited to the Rio Olympics Games 2016. For instances, 19-year-old gymnast Simone Arianne Biles won three world champions and the first African-American female athlete to win four all-around national titles.

Also, two Stanford swimmers 21-year-old Lia Neal and 19-year-old Simone Manuel made it through the Olympic trial in Omaha, Nebraska, becoming the first African-American women to make the US swimming team, according to Atlanta Blackstar.

“That ’s just a stat that’s been placed into everybody’s head that you can peak too soon. We have a peaking pace, and I think my speed is just fine. I don’t think I have peaked yet; we’re all glad that we have a little bit of time to get ready,” said Biles.

This year the Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and commence on Friday, August 5th and end on Sunday, August 21st. The imagery of African-Americans in the Olympics is getting better, and the USA team is becoming more diverse. Over 100 African-American athletes are participating in this year’s Olympic Games, so we listed every Black athlete on the roster.

Basketball

Men

The entire USA Men Basketball Team

Women

Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynxx forward) Atlanta, Georgia

Brittany Griner (Phoenix Mercury center) Houston, Texas

Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynxx guard) Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever forward) Stratford, New Jersey

Tina Charles (New York Liberty center) Jamaica, New York

Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream forward) Baltimore, Maryland


Boxing

Men

Charles Conwell (Middleweight) Cleveland, Ohio

Gary Russell (Featherweight) Washington, D.C.

Shakur Stevenson (Bantamweight) Newark, New Jersey

Women

Claressa Shields (Middleweight) Flint, Michigan 


Fencing

Men

Miles Chamley-Waston New York City, New York

Daryl Homer Bronx, New York

Jason Pryor South Euclid, Ohio

Women

Ibtihaj Muhammad Maplewood, New Jersey

Nzingha Prescod Brooklyn, New York


Gymnastics

Women

Simone Biles Spring, Texas

Gabby Douglas Los Angeles, California


Judo

Men

Colton Brown Piscataway, New Jersey


Rugby

Men 

Perry Baker Daytona Beach, Florida

Carlin Isles Massillon, Ohio

Women

Victoria Folayan Boston, Massachusetts


Soccer

Women

Crystal Dunn Rockville Centre, New York


Swimming

Women

Simone Manuel Sugar Land, Texas

Lia Neal Brooklyn, New York


Taekwondo

Women

Paige McPherson Sturgis, Texas


Tennis

Women

Serena Williams Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Venus Williams Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Sloane Stephens Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Track & Field

Men

Ronnie Ash Passaic, New Jersey

Tavis Balley Kannapolis, North Carolina

Chris Benard Corona, California

Boris Berian Colorado Springs, Colorado

Hillary Bor Colorado Springs, Colorado

Marvin Bracy Orlando, Florida

Trayvon Bromell St. Petersburg, Florida

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Women

Morolake Akinosun Chicago, Illinois

Nia Ali Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Whitney Ashley Riverside, California 

Tianna Bartoletta Tampa, Florida

Gwen Berry St. Louis, Missouri

Tori Bowie Sand Hill, Missippissi

Amber Campbell Indianapolis, Indiana

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Volleyball

Women 

Rachel Adams Cincinnati, Ohio

Foluke Akinradewo Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Alisha Glass Leland, Michigan


Water Polo

Women

Ashleigh Johnson Miami, Florida


Weightlifting

Men

Kendrick Farris Shreveport, Louisiana

Women

Jenny Arthur Gainesville, Georgia


Wrestling

Men

Jordan Burroughs Sicklerville, New Jersey

J’den Cox Columbia, Missouri

Featured Image Source: 2016 Rio Olympics Games