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Midland native Bryce Hoppel punches ticket to Paris

Midland native Bryce Hoppel punches ticket to Paris

Midland native Bryce Hoppel punched his ticket to Paris after a blazing 800m at the 2024 US Olympic Track & Field Trials on Sunday.

Hoppel, 26, found an extra gear down the stretch to clinch the event with a personal best of 1:42.77, which set a new Trials record and earned him a spot on his second straight Olympic team.

After the race, Hoppel called himself “incredibly blessed” to have his family and supporters behind him.

In March, Hoppel won the gold medal in the 800m at the 2024 World Indoor Athletics Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.

He graduated from Midland High and the University of Kansas, where he became the university’s first male to win an NCAA title in the 800m. He won bronze at the 2022 World Indoor Athletics Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.