Simone Manuel

Multiple Fort Bend ISD graduates are among the select crowd competing in Tokyo this week at the 2020 Olympic games.

Former FBISD athletes Simone Manuel (Austin High School), Bryce Deadmon (Ridge Point) and Simeon Woods-Richardson (Kempner) are among athletes representing the United States in the Tokyo Olympics, which began July 23 and ends this Sunday, Aug. 8. The games were initially slated for 2020, but were postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The swimmer Manuel is the most recognizable name of the bunch, competing in her second Olympic Games since graduating from Austin in 2014. In Tokyo, she anchored the 400-meter freestyle relay team that took home a bronze medal.

She also qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, taking home four medals. Manuel won an individual gold medal in the 100 freestyle and helped the United States to a 400 medley team gold, while also helping the Americans take the silver in the 400 freestyle relay and winning an individual silver in the 50 freestyle.

Deadmon is participating in his first Olympic Games. The former Ridge Point and Texas A&M track standout ran the third leg for the United States’ 1,600 mixed relay last Saturday, helping the Americans win the bronze medal in an event that made its debut in Tokyo.

Woods-Richardson was originally taken in the second round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the New York Mets, and is currently in the Minnesota Twins’ organization. The Kemper product was ranked as MLB’s No. 69 prospect entering 2021, according to Baseball America, and is taking part in his first Olympic games. The 20-year-old Woods-Richardson – the youngest player on the U.S. roster – had yet to appear in any of the United States’ three games in Tokyo as of Monday afternoon.

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