Armed Forces News

Spc. Benard Keter, a Soldier-athlete in the World Class Athlete Program, crossed the finish line of the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8:21.81 at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials June 25, earning his spot to compete at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. ( 1st Sgt.Alex Ramos )

Competing and prevailing in 116-degree heat, Army Spec. Bernard Keter has earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Track Team. Keter will compete in the men’s 3,000 meter steeplechase – after having completed the event with a time of 8:21:81 during the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trails on June 25 in Eugene, Oregon.

Other Army Olympians include:

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* 1st Lt. Amber English, shooting
* Sgt. 1st Class Elizabeth Marks, para swimming
* Staff Sgt. Sandra Uptagrafft, shooting
* Staff Sgt. Naomi Graham, boxing
* Staff Sgt. Kevin Nguyen, para shooting
* Sgt. John Wayne Joss, para shooting
* Sgt. Amro Elgeziry, modern pentathlon
* Sgt. Ildar Hafizof, wresting
* Spc. Alejandro Sancho, wrestling

Three soldiers will serve as coaches on Team USA: Sgt. Terrence Jennings, taekwondo; Sgt. 1st Class Dennis Bowsher, modern pentathlon; and Staff Sgt. Spenser Mango, wrestling. The games take place July 23-Aug. 8 in Tokyo.