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Midland native Bryce Hoppel becomes world champion

Midland native Bryce Hoppel becomes world champion

Midland native Bryce Hoppel won the gold medal in the 800m at the 2024 World Indoor Athletics Championships in Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday night.

Hoppel passed Elliot Crestan of Belgium on the final stretch while holding off eventual silver-medal winner Andreas Kramer of Sweden to capture the world indoor title in the time of of 1:44.92, according to LetsRun.com.

After his victory, an NBC Sports reporter credited Hoppel with restoring Team USA in the Men’s 800 meters event.

In the interview, the 26-year-old track star thanked his family, God, and country for supporting his journey and talked about the on-the-track strategies that worked for him Sunday.

“I’ve felt very conscious out there, I think I’ve been running smarter than ever,” Hoppel said.

The 26-year-old track star 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.