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Kansas State's Erik Kynard Qualifies For Olympics In High Jump

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Kansas State's Erik Kynard made his high jumping dreams come true when he qualified for the 2012 London Olympics by placing second with a leap of 7-feet-5 ¾-inches. Kynard did tie with four others, but he earned second place based on prior misses.

The other two to qualify with Kynard were Jamie Nieto and Nick Ross who both jumped at the same height.

Kyndard competed at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials when he was a junior in high school, but failed to qualify. He made a promise to himself he would come back in 2012 and make the United States team:

"I'm 21 years old and I'm watching my dreams come true," Kynard said. "I told myself (in 2008), the next time I was going to come out here and get on the team, and sure enough I'm here and I'm moving on to London."

While at Kansas State he won four Big 12 titles and the last two NCAA championships. Kyndard actually had a higher jump at the 2012 NCAA championships with a 7-foot-8-inch leap.

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