USD grad Nilsen wins silver medal at Tokyo Olympics

Japan 2020

Christopher Nilsen, of the United States, competes during the qualification round of the men’s pole vault at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — A former University of South Dakota standout will be heading home with an Olympic medal.

University of South Dakota graduate Chris Nilsen has won a silver medal in the pole vault at the Tokyo Olympics.

According to the University of South Dakota Track and Field Twitter account, Nilsen competed with a new personal best height of 19-7 (5.97m).

Nilsen is the fourth Olympian in USD’s records.

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