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Vernon Norwood

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New Orleans, LA


Louisiana State University

Son of Curtis Norwood and Charliette Ray...Started running track and field during his junior year of high school...Before he became a national champion at LSU, he ran for South Plains College...Is currently an interdisciplinary studies major at LSU...Hobbies include playing basketball, watching criminal movies and joking around with his friends.
  • Swept NCAA Indoor and NCAA Outdoor titles in the 400-meter dash during his senior season in 2015
  • Became the 14th sprinter in collegiate history to sweep NCAA Indoor and NCAA Outdoor titles in the 400-meter dash (or 440-yard dash) in the same season
  • Joined the great Xavier Carter as the only two LSU Tigers to sweep national championships in the event in the same season
  • Anchored the Tigers to a pair of NCAA titles in the 4×400-meter relay during his career with wins indoors in 2014 and outdoors in 2015
  • Ended his career as the No. 2-ranked 400-meter runner in school history during both seasons with an indoor PR of 45.31 and outdoor PR of 44.44
  • Outdoor PR of 44.44 made him the No. 8-ranked performer outdoors in NCAA history on the all-time collegiate Top 10 list
  • One-time Olympian (2020), two-time Olympic medalist (1 gold, 1 bronze)
  • Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, bronze (4x400-meter mixed relay), gold (4x400-meter relay)
  • Most recent: 2019 – gold (4x400-meter relay)
  • Years of Participation: Outdoor – 2015, 2019; Indoor – 2016, 2018
  • Medals: 4 (3 golds, 1 silver)
  • Gold – 2019 (4x400-meter relay); 2016 (4x400-meter relay); 2015 (4x400-meter relay)
  • Silver – 2018 (4x400-meter relay)
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