Houston athletes ready for the Tokyo Olympics

By on July 21, 2021 0

HOUSTON – The University of Houston should be represented in Tokyo at the Olympic Games by five athletes who are currently or have attended the University. The games will take place from July 23 to August 8.

Brianne Bethel, Tristan Evelyn, Mario Burke, Shaun Maswanganyi and Micaela Bouter are all set to compete in their first Olympic Games.

The opening ceremony will take place on July 22sd and the entire competition can be seen live or on demand via NBC. Viewing information is available by clicking HERE. The full competition program is available by clicking HERE.

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Bethel is ready for her first Olympics after a fantastic outdoor season with the Houston track team. She will compete for the Bahamas in Tokyo as an Olympic qualifier in the 200-meter relay and the 4×400-meter relay. Bethel has just won two individual American Athletic Conference titles and the conference’s Most Valuable Performance honors after a pair of all-time league record performances.


Evelyn will compete in her first Olympics as a representative for Barbados. Evelyn won the 100-meter title at the American Outdoor Championships and qualified for the NCAA Championships as a member of the 4×100-meter relay, helping the UH women score their first points in the competition since 2012 .


Burke is expected to compete in two events at the Tokyo Olympics as a qualifier in the 100m and 200m. He ended a brilliant career in the UH at the end of the 2018-19 season and is a 10-time United States and NCAA champion in the 4×100-meter relay.

Maswanganyi has had an exceptional season in his first year of competing at the college level and is expected to represent South Africa at the Olympics in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 4×100-meter relays. He closed his freshman campaign with three All-America accolades after winning two podiums at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Maswanganyi received the honors for America’s Most Outstanding Performance after winning conference titles in the 100m and 200m, setting conference meet records in the process.

Bouter is the second Cougar to represent South Africa at the Tokyo Olympics as a qualifier in the 3-meter. She had a successful career as a diver with the Houston Dive and Swim Team and left her mark as American Athletic Conference Diver of the Week, two-time conference champion in the 3-meter and three times qualified for the NCAA Dive Zone. and the most outstanding diver of the American Athletic Conference 2016-17.

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