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Former Gator TJ Holmes ready to make an impact at Olympic Trials

Hurdler confident he’ll qualify after missing out in 2016
Updated: Jun. 22, 2021 at 6:30 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -For TJ Holmes, the road to Tokyo is one of redemption.

“I competed at the Olympic Trials my junior year in 2016 as a Gator,” said Holmes. “I made it to the semifinal round, and I did not qualify for the finals, but I have a second chance now.”

The former Gator will return to Eugene, Oregon later this week and will attempt to finally qualify for Team USA In the 400 meter hurdles beginning on Thursday.

“I was just a kid then,” said Holmes. “I’ve been on the pro circuit since 2017 and I’ve been running multiple rounds at World Championships. I kind of know what it takes to make the team.”

While Holmes progressed and enjoyed success to this point, he’s also seen his share of challenges.

“My toe, I found out it was fractured in December of 2020,” said Holmes. “I stopped training for two months, and then I kind of started back training in March.”

Since then, Homes took another break due to personal reasons, and has only competed in two meets since May. Despite these setbacks, not only does Holmes believe he’ll be one of the top three hurdlers to qualify for the Olympics, but set a new standard as well.

“I have actually done something that the world record holder has done,” said Holmes. “I am claiming it now, that I will be the world record holder soon to come.”

If and when Holmes realizes his Olympic dream, he says he’s most excited to join his peers.

“I think that’s gonna be a great accomplishment,” said Holmes “It’ll happen soon enough, and I’ll get to meet all the other amazing athletes from other sports.”

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