TOKYO — Former Grand Blanc runner Grant Fisher may not have come away with any medals in his first Olympics competitions, but he still gave a strong showing for his country.
Fisher, representing Team USA’s Men’s Track and Field team at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, advanced to the finals of Men’s Olympic 10,000- meter race on July 30 and the Men’s 5,000-meter race on Aug. 6. Fisher finished fifth in the 10,000-meter race and placed ninth in the 5,000-meter event, which were both held at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium.
Despite entering just his third official 10,000-meter race, Fisher finished as the top American in the final with a time of 27:46.39. Ethiopian runner Selemon Barega captured gold in the event with a time of 27:43.22, while Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo took silver and bronze, respectively.
Battling hot, humid conditions and a loaded field of top international runners, Fisher stayed within striking distance of the leaders before finishing with a strong kick to take fifth place. Fellow Americans Woody Kincaid (28:11.01) and Joe Klecker (28:14.18) finished 15th and 16th.
“I was just trying to race without fear, put myself in there and give myself a shot at the end,” Fisher, 24, said in an interview with teamusa.org. “I was really happy with it.”
One week after the 10,000-meter event, Fisher qualified for the 5,000- meter race final along with Kincaid and U.S. Champion Paul Chelimo. Cheptegei, who took silver in the 10,000-meter race, won the gold with a time of 12:58.15. Mohammed Ahmed of Canada placed second in 12.58.61 to secure a silver medal and Chelimo took bronze at 12:59.05. Fisher finished with a time of 13.08.40 in ninth place and Kincaid came in 14th.
Fisher, a former NCAA champion and 12-time All-American at Stanford University, qualified for the 2020 Olympics earlier this summer with a pair of second place finishes in the 10,000-and 5,000-meter races at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in June.
As a standout runner at Grand Blanc, Fisher won seven state championships and broke many state track and field records. He currently trains with the Portland-based Bowerman Track Club.