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Hopkins 19-year-old Joe Fahnbulleh takes 5th in Olympic 200M

He ran a blistering time under 20 seconds.
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Joe Fahnbulleh, a 19-year-old track star who graduated in 2019 from Hopkins High School in Minnesota, took fifth place in the men's 200 meter Olympic final Wednesday. 

Running in lane eight, Fahnbulleh was the second-youngest in the race for gold and he finished the 200 meters in 19.98 seconds, just 0.38 seconds behind the gold medal winning Andre de Grasse, of Canada. 

Fahnbulleh represented Liberia in the final. Two Americans, Kenny Bednerack and Noah Lyles, took second and third, respectively. 

Fahnbulleh's time in the Olympic final was 0.01 better than his personal record at the University of Florida. His top time while in high school at Hopkins was 20.69 seconds. 

He won the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships gold in the 200m and bronze in the 100m while in high school. He won the MSHSL State Track and Field title in the 200m in 2018 and 2019, also finishing fourth in the 2019 state triple jump. He owns the state record in the 200m. 

Fahnbulleh was named the 2019 National High School Coaches Association National Senior Boys' Track and Field Athlete of the Year. 

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