Former TU track star will compete in the Olympics

Former University of Tulsa track and field standout and six-time All-American Chris O’Hare will compete in the 1,500-meter run at the 2016 Olympics later this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for his native Great Britain.

O’Hare qualified for the Olympics by finishing with the second-best time in the 1,500-meter run at the British Athletics Championships in Birmingham, England, over the weekend. On Sunday, O’Hare ran the 1,500m with a time of 3:34.68, just .27 behind top-finisher Charlie Grice. The top two qualifying marks in each event earned a place on the Olympic team.

O’Hare, a native of West Linton, Scotland, attended Tulsa from 2009-13, and won the NCAA Championship in the mile run at the 2012 Indoor Championships. He claimed six All-America honors, including the 1,500m run at the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the mile run at the 2011, 2012 and 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships, and at 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships.

O’Hare will represent Great Britain at the Olympics which will be held August 3-21 in Rio de Janeiro. Athletics events, including track & field, will take place at Olympic Stadium from August 12-21.