American hurdler David Kendziera (born September 9, 1994) competes in the 400 metres and the 110 metres in the Olympics.
His education began in Mount Prospect, Illinois, at Prospect High School, and continued at the University of Illinois.
He won four NCAA Championship medals and was named to the All-American team ten times. Kendzeira ran a 49.56 and came in third at the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
After running the 110-meter hurdles in 13.59 seconds, he placed third in the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
He placed second in the 110-meter hurdles and third in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
David Kendziera Olympics Career
Sixth in the 2019 400-meter hurdles at the Meeting de Paris, he ran a timing of 49.16 seconds.
He ran the 400-meter hurdles in 49.46 seconds, good for fourth place at the 2019 Prefontaine Classic.
He triumphed in the 400-meter hurdles at The Match: Europe vs. USA in Minsk, Belarus, in September 2019. In 2020, on September 17 at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.
Kendziera ran a time of 49.35, which ranked him in the top 10 in the world that year. The Mount Prospect, Illinois native achieved a new personal mark of 48.38 seconds.
And finished third in the finals in the US Olympic Trials for the 400-meter hurdles on June 26, 2021. This earned her a spot to compete in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
At the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, Kendziera competed in the 400-meter hurdles quarterfinals on July 29 and finished in fourth position, earning her a spot in the semifinals.
Chicago-Area Native David Kendziera Heads to Tokyo Olympics With Hometown Support
David Kendziera, a hurdler from the Chicago area, will compete in the Olympics in Tokyo this month with a lot of encouragement from his friends and family.
In the 400-meter hurdles at the Olympics, Kendziera, a native of the Chicago suburb of Mount Prospect, will compete beginning on July 30. To paraphrase, “It’s unreal. To quote Kendziera: “It’s like a dream come true.
The 300-meter hurdles state champion in his senior year of high school, he went on to earn the Big Ten’s track athlete of the year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017.
After placing third in the 2021 Trials in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 48.38 seconds, he qualified to compete in his first Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Despite being injured, Kendizera took part in the 2016 Olympic Trials. His 14th-place performance in the 400-meter hurdles meant he didn’t make Team USA.
Kendziera said that he wanted to make sure he contributed back to the youth of Mount Prospect.
By encouraging them to participate in sports and other activities. He has high ambitions for this month and wants to do his city proud.