Fisher competes in first Olympics, finishes high in men’s 10,000-meter race

Grant Fisher, former Grand Blanc track and field star, represented Team USA at the 2020 Olympics. Photo Team USA

Grant Fisher, former Grand Blanc track and field star, represented Team USA at the 2020 Olympics. Photo Team USA

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 “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.