BENJAMIN Rai

27 Jul 1996
25
Male
MOUNT VERNON, NY
 
United States of America
LOS ANGELES, CA
 
United States of America

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
ATH Athletics Men's 400m Hurdles 2 Silver Medal
Men's 4 x 400m Relay 1 Gold Medal

Schedule

Change
Start Time Location Event Status
Olympic Stadium - Track
Finished
Olympic Stadium - Track
Finished
Olympic Stadium - Track
Finished
Olympic Stadium - Track
Finished
Olympic Stadium - Track
Finished

Biographical Information

Highlights

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World Athletics Championships
YearLocation400m Hurdles4 x 400m
2019Doha, QAT2nd (47.66)1st (2:56.69)

Diamond League overview - Three best ranks per season and event since 2017
Year200m400m400m Hurdles
2021--1 x 1st
2019-1 x 2nd1 x 1st, 2 x 2nd
20181 x 4th--

Diamond League - Ten best performances since 2020
RankYearEventLocationResult
12021400m HurdlesDoha, QAT47.38
12019400m HurdlesStanford, CA, USA47.16
22019400mStockholm, SWE45.13
22019400m HurdlesZurich, SUI46.98
22019400m HurdlesShanghai, CHN47.80
42018200mLausanne, SUI20.16

World Athletics Continental Tour - Ten best performances since 2020
RankYearEventCompetitionLocationResult
12021400m HurdlesWorld Athletics Continental TourWalnut, CA, USA47.13
22021400mWorld Athletics Continental TourEugene, OR, USA44.97


Legend
SF - Semifinal, QF - Quarterfinal, 1R - 1st Round, Qual. - Qualification, QR - Qualification Round, DNF - Did Not Finish, DNS - Did Not Start, DQ - Disqualified, NM - No Mark, [Relay athlete without time] - Did not run in final
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Playing computer games. (globalathletics.com, 06 Oct 2019)
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Athlete
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Political Science - University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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English
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Quincy Watts [personal]; Joanna Hayes [personal]
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His father Winston Benjamin played international cricket for West Indies. (gteamusa.org, 30 Sep 2019)
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He suffered a heel injury prior to the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (teamusa.org, 30 Sep 2019)
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He took up athletics in the seventh grade of school before practising more seriously at high school. (globalathletics.com, 06 Oct 2019)
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He was originally involved in cricket, American football and football before switching to athletics. "My father never pressured me to try any sport." (caribbeantoday.com, Oct 2019; apnews.com, 26 Jul 2019)
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To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (antiguaobserver.com, 05 Oct 2019)
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His parents. (apnews.com, 26 Jul 2019)

General Interest

General
REPRESENTING THE UNITED STATES
He originally competed in athletics for Antigua and Barbuda, including at the 2013 Youth World Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine. In 2015 he filed a request to begin competing for his birth country the United States of America. However, the decision was delayed due to the International Association of Athletics Federations [IAAF] putting a freeze on athletes switching nations in February 2017. The ban was lifted in July 2018, allowing him to compete on the US team in 2019. (caribbeantoday.com, Oct 2019; antiguaobserver.com, 08 Oct 2018)

UNITED STATES TO ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA AND BACK
Born in Mount Vernon, NY, United States of America, he moved to Antigua and Barbuda with his family as a child but moved back to United States of America at age 11, before going back to attend high school in Antigua and Barbuda until he was 14. (caribbeantoday.com, Oct 2019; globalathletics.com, 06 Oct 2019)

COLLEGIATE CAREER
He studied political science and competed in athletics [400m hurdles] at University of California in Los Angeles [UCLA] in United States of America, between 2015 and 2016, until the end of his sophomore year. He transferred to University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and graduated in 2019 with a degree in political science. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2020; globalathletics.com, 06 Oct 2019; uclabruins.com, 2016; usctrojans.com, 2017)

Legend
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Gold Medal
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Silver Medal
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Gold Medal Event
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Silver Medal Event
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Bronze Medal Event
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