Athing Mu | Parents, Height, High School, & Olympics

The much anticipated 2020 Tokyo Olympics came to its end on the 8th of August, with the USA bagging first place. The USA won a total of 113 medals with 39 gold, 41 silver, and 33 bronze. The American athletes became the star of the Olympics with their record-setter performances throughout the game. One of these American star athletes was Athing Mu.

Mu is an American track and field athlete who won two gold for the USA in the 2020 Olympics. She ran in the 800m and won her first gold. It was the first gold in 800m for the USA after fifty-three years. She then ran again with Sydney McLaughlin, Allyson Felix, and Dalilah Muhammad in the 4x400m relay to win another gold for the USA.

Quick Summary

Popular NameAthing Mu
Real NameAthing Mu
Date of birthJune 8, 2002
Age21 years old
Place of birthTrenton, New Jersey, USA
FatherDeng Lemon
MotherAluel Majok
SiblingsFour brothers and two sisters
OccupationProfessional track and field athlete
Net worth1.5 Million USD
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight56 kgs
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorBlack
Instagram idathiiing

Athing Mu Net Worth and Income

Though Mu is just 21 years old, she has already achieved many great things, including gold in the Olympics.

Her ascending career has made her one of the most celebrated American athletes and has helped her earn a good amount. She has a net worth of 1.5 Million USD.

Height, Weight, and Physical Measurements

Mu has a very lean and tall physique. She is 5 feet and 10 inches tall and weighs only 56 kgs.

Her time on the track has turned her body toned and muscular, making her the second indoor runner.

Athing Mu Hometown, Early Life, and Family

Mu is a first-generation American who was born in Trenton in New Jersey. Her family was originally from South Sudan but later migrated to the USA for a better life.

Her father, Deng, works in the Pacific Northwest as a seafood professor, while her mother, Aluel, works in a warehouse.

Mu grew up in a Christian family with her four brothers and two sisters. She is the second youngest among them.

One of her brothers, Malual, runs for the Pennsylvania State University, and one of her sisters, Aut, is a mental health practitioner who graduated from North Dakota State University.

Though her parents got divorced back in 2003, they are still a close family. Mu and her siblings spent plenty of time with each other and their parents. Her father even clicked a picture with all of her siblings to cheer her during the 2020 Olympics.

Her family has supported her since the day she joined the track and field team of her school.

Mu has come a long way in a short time. Just this year, she even turned pro with Nike and won her first Olympics gold.

Despite being a star athlete, Mu is down to earth, who plans to own a farm after retiring from her career.

Athing Mu Boyfriend and Relationship

Mu has not shared anything about her dating life. So, no one knows if she is single or dating someone.

However, her social media does suggest that she is happily single at this moment and is busy focusing on her career.

High School and Education

Mu went to Trenton Central high school to complete her high schooling. She was an honors student in her high school. 

Once high school was over, she enrolled in Texas A&M University for her further studies. 


Mu started her career at a very young age of six after meeting her coach Al Jennings when she was five.

She started running since then and has not looked back even once.

Mu continued her journey in high school by running for the Trenton Track Club. During her high school, she won silver in the AAU Junior Olympic Games. The same year, she also became the New Balance Indoor Nationals champion.

She ended her high school with a great ascend in her athletic career. She then joined college and kept being active on the track.

She won the Pan American U20 Championship in 2019 in the first year of her college. The same year she was also the winner of the USA Indoor Track and Field Championship, where she set a new world U20 record in 600m with her time of 1:23.57. 

It made her the second-fastest American female athlete in any condition and the second-fastest indoor runner ever.

Due to the pandemic, Mu had to halt her time on the track, but she still kept her winning pace in 2024. 

Just this year, she turned pro after signing a 750 thousand USD contract with Nike. She started her professional career on a good note by setting a new world U20 record in 400m and world U20, along with an indoor collegiate record in 800m.

Mu also gave an excellent performance in the trial games and made her way to the US Olympic team. She flew with the team to Tokyo and then competed in the 800m to win gold for the USA. During the final, she broke the continental U20 and the previous national record set by Ajeé Wilson.

After winning gold in the 800m, Mu joined Allyson Felix, Sydney McLaughlin, and Dalilah Muhammad in the 4x400m relay to win another gold for the USA.