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Quincy Wilson Becomes Youngest Male U.S. Track Olympian at 16 Years Old

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Quincy Wilson Becomes Youngest Male U.S. Track Olympian at 16 Years Old


16-year-old Quincy Wilson is set to become the youngest-ever male U.S. track and field Olympian after he was named to the Team USA relay team for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

On Monday, July 1, Wilson took to Instagram to announce he’d made the 4×400 meter team, writing simply “WE GOING TO THE OLYMPICS #paris2024 #teamusa” alongside a picture of himself celebrating on the track.

He followed this up by posting the same image of himself on his Instagram Stories coupled with the caption “I’m an Olympian.”

A third image showed Wilson proudly wearing his Team USA uniform.

Quincy Wilson announces he’s going to the 2024 Olympics.

Quincy Wilson/Instagram


Wilson’s selection comes after he recorded a 44.94-second sixth-place finish in the 400m dash final at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Ore. Wilson failed to clinch an automatic berth for the 400m dash, however.

Wilson, a rising high school junior at the Bullis School in Potomac, Md., was born on January 8, 2008. He is now the youngest U.S. Olympian for track and field, a title previously held by 17-year-old Jim Ryun in 1964. He is also the youngest U.S. track and field Olympian since Cindy Gilbert competed in the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics at 15 years old.

He surpasses the most recent youngest U.S. track and field Olympian Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics at 16 years old but turned 17 during the Games.

Quincy Wilson.

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The young speedster set two world records during his debut at the U.S. Olympic Trials — breaking a 42-year-old record in the under-18 400m dash with a 44.66-second heat during the quarterfinal on Friday, June 21, then shattering his own time two days later in the semifinal with a 44.59-second finish.

To learn more about all the Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, visit TeamUSA.com and come to people.com to check out ongoing coverage before, during and after the games. Watch the Paris Olympics and Paralympics, beginning July 26, on NBC and Peacock.





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