J. Klecker Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Joe Klecker Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

J. Klecker, an American distance runner, was born on November 16, 1996. He placed second at the 2019 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.

And is now a professional runner for the On Running team coached by Dathan Ritzenhein. In his professional career, J. Klecker has run a 1500-meter personal best.

Which was 3 minutes, 37 seconds, thirty-nine seconds, a 3,000-meter personal best of seven minutes, thirty-nine seconds, a 5,000-meter personal best of twenty-seven minutes, twenty-three seconds.

Joe Klecker Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

J. Klecker graduated from Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Upon graduation in 2015, he enrolled at the University of Colorado.

At Colorado, he competed in three different running events and made All-American nine times, finishing second twice. He recently ran an indoor 5,000-meter race and set a new school record.

J. Klecker Finished 16th in the 10,000-Meter Run

J. Klecker almost seemed embarrassed to admit that his trip to Tokyo for the postponed 2020 Olympics would be his first time ever leaving the country.

Of course, the former University of Colorado distance specialist wanted to make sure his vacation was productive rather than touristy, so he left early on Friday morning local time. For his Olympic debut, J. Klecker ran the 10,000-meter course in 28 minutes, 14.18 seconds, placing him sixteenth.

J. Klecker Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 First International Race

At 86 degrees and 90% humidity, J. Klecker and the rest of the field had to deal with the heat and humidity of their first international race of their careers. J. Klecker was a nine-time All-American in track and cross country at CU. Despite this, J. Klecker was able to stay within striking distance of the lead pack.

For about the first 20 minutes of the race, despite not being in peak form going into the Olympics (he had posted 10 personal records in 11 races under the tutelage of another former Colorado track star, Dathan Ritzenhein).

J. Klecker placed third among American runners, with Grant Fisher finishing fifth and leading the United States team (27:46.39). As J. Klecker crossed the line in 28:11.01, William Kincaid finished first.


Following his third-place finish in a qualifying event on Friday night, J. Klecker earned a spot on the United States Olympic men’s track and field team and will travel to Tokyo to compete.

On day one of the USA Track and Field Olympic Trials, J. Klecker competed in the men’s 10,000-meter run finals and placed third.

A graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, he is the university’s fourth 10k Olympic qualifier. The 24-year-old is originally from Minnetonka, where he ran the 1,600 metres in 4 minutes, 6.54 seconds to set a state record.


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