Kynard Qualifies, Ramos 71st on Day Three of Olympic T&F

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Distance runner Beverly Ramos recorded a 71st-place finish in the women’s marathon while high jumper Erik Kynard qualified for Tuesday’s finals in his event as day two of the 2016 Olympic track and field competition came to a close at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sunday. 

In the women’s marathon finals, Ramos, competing in her first Olympics in the event, recorded a 71st place finish with a final time of 2:43:52. Jemima Jelagat Sumgong of Kenya would go on to win the race with a final time of 2:24:04. 

Ramos, who was making her second Olympic appearance after representing Puerto Rico at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England, in the 3000 meter steeplechase, had a very consistent race, holding strong in the low-to-mid 70s for much of the race. 

She reached the 5K split in 83rd place before battling down 11 spots to 72nd at the half marathon mark with a time of 1:17:30. Ramos then closed out the race dropping no worse than 75th place before closing out the competition in 71st position.

“Beverly did an admirable job in the marathon,”  Cliff Rovelto said. “She is obviously new to this event and was competitive in her first Olympic Games.”

Also competing on Sunday was the defending silver medalist in the high jump, Kynard, who qualified for the high jump finals. The finals of the men’s high jump will be contested on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT. 

Kynard was nearly perfect in the four bars that he attempted, missing just one time on his first attempt at 2.26m/7-05. He automatically qualified for the finals after clearing 2.29m/7-06 on his first attempt. He closed out the qualification round tied for fifth place in the event. 

“Erik was fine and got done what he needed to get done,” Rovelto, an assistant coach for the USA men’s team and Erik’s personal coach, said. “He is ready and the finals are going to be great competition.”

K-State will have three athletes in competition on Monday at the Olympic Games. Sophomore-to-be Shadae Lawrence opens competition in Group A of the discus throw for Jamaica at 6:30 p.m. CT, followed by Haiti’s !Jeffrey Julmis and Hungary’s Balazs Baji, who will run in the first two heats of the 110 meter hurdles, which is set to begin at 6:40 p.m. CT. 

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Women’s Marathon Finals
71. Beverly Ramos – 2:43:52

Men’s High Jump Qualifiers
T5. Erik Kynard – 2.29m/7-06q