The 2020 Tokyo Olympics became more significant for American athletes. With great performances by the American athletes, the USA bagged the number one rank in the Olympics. One of the American athletes who contributed to the glorious win of the USA is Rai Benjamin.
Benjamin is one of the American star track and field athletes. He also happens to be the son of the talented former cricketer Winston Benjamin. Both the father and son duo ruled their field. His father was a renowned cricketer, and he is also a famous sprinter and hurdler. Benjamin won two medals for the USA in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He won a silver medal in the 400m hurdles and just after a few days again won gold in the 4x400m relay.
Likewise, American athletes Sydney McLaughlin won the gold and Dalilah Muhammad won the silver medal in the 400m hurdles in Tokyo Olympics.
Quick Biography & Wiki
|Popular Name||Rai Benjamin|
|Real Name||Rai Benjamin|
|Date of birth||July 27, 1997|
|Age||25 years old|
|Place of birth||Mount Vernon, New York,USA|
|Occupation||Professional track and field athlete|
|Net worth||5 Million USD|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
Rai Benjamin Net Worth and Income
Benjamin has been a successful track and field athlete for quite some time now. His success just increased after winning medals during the 2020 Olympics.
All these wins and successes have brought him a lot of fame and fortunes. The Olympics medalist has 5 Million USD as his net worth to this date.
Height, Weight, and Body
The second fastest 400m hurdler has an astonishing height as he stands tall at 6 feet and 3 inches.
His great height is also perfectly complemented by his ripped and muscular athletic body. The athlete weighs 77kgs and has well-defined abs and muscles.
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Rai Benjamin Family, Parents, and Personal Life
Benjamin was born in Mount Vernon in New York to his renowned cricketer father Winston Benjamin and mother, Jeanette Mason.
The eight-time All-American has not shared much about his personal life. But, his father has shared that he was a great athlete from his early days but not a great cricketer.
During his childhood, he played cricket as a batsman despite his father being a fast bowler.
However, he did not join cricket but joined football. It was during his football games when his magnificent speed got discovered.
After this, he left football and started running on the track as a sprinter and hurdler. He was a great quarterback in football, and he got the same flow even as a sprinter and hurdler.
Currently, Benjamin is an Olympian who has won two medals for the USA and is one of the most celebrated American track and field athletes.
Who is Rai Benjamin Dating? His Girlfriend and Relationship Details
The 25 year-old Olympian has not revealed anything about his lovelife or his girlfriend.
However, there is a rumor that he has been dating fitness trainer and Instagram star Talia DeLuca since 2019.
High School and Education
Benjamin attended Mount Vernon High school for his high school degree.
After high school, he initially enrolled at the University of California in Los Angeles. He was there for a year before transferring to the University of Southern California.
He graduated in 2019 from the University of Southern California with a degree in political science.
Career and Olympics
The three-time Pac-12 winner initially started his career in football as a quarterback. However, his high speed got discovered while playing football, and he moved to sprinting and hurdling.
He then started to run for his high school in its track and field team. During his high school days, he had the fastest time in the USA in the 400m hurdles and 400m races. He also held the third fastest outdoor record.
He even was the three-time New York State Public high school athletic association champion.
He was already a star athlete in his high school and continued his passion for running even in college.
Once in college, he competed in the NCAA Outdoor Championship and won sixth place. He kept improving his performance on the track and won silver in the Outdoor 400m hurdle and 4x400m relay the following year.
He was getting better and better each year, and his number of wins was also increasing. In 2018, he turned pro after signing a contract with Nike.
As a professional athlete, he won gold in both 400m hurdle and 4x400m relay and became the 72nd athlete to break the 20s record in the 200m race during Meeting Areva.
The following year, Benjamin also competed in the Mt. SAC Relays and completed the 400m run with the 50th fastest time. During this game, he even became the 4th fastest. In the same year, he also competed in the World Championship to win silver in the 400m hurdle and gold in the 4x400m relay.
Benjamin then competed in the 2020 US Olympics trial games and secured his place in the national team.
He represented the USA in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and earned two medals. He won silver in the 400m hurdles, and just a few days after, he won gold in the 4x400m relay.
Initially, Benjamin ran for Antigua and Barbuda as his father was native to these areas. But since he was born in the USA, he wanted to run for the USA.
However, he represented Antigua and Barbuda in the World Youth Championship. Because of this, his transfers got suspended by the IAAF in 2017.
The star athlete then requested to reinstate him to represent the USA. His request finally got approved in 2018. and ever since then, he has been representing the USA.