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U.S. middle-distance runner Cole Hocker heading to Tokyo unvaccinated as Olympics grapple with COVID-19

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U.S. middle-distance runner Cole Hocker heading to Tokyo unvaccinated as Olympics grapple with COVID-19

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INDIANAPOLIS – Center-distance runner Cole Hocker is the most fashionable renowned U.S. Olympian to acknowledge he’s no longer vaccinated.

Hocker, 20, of Indianapolis, acknowledged so in a conference name Monday organized by the College of Oregon. He won the 1,500 meters within the Olympic Trials and incessantly is the youngest to signify the US in an Olympics in that tune tournament since 1968. The three-time NCAA champion is judicious one of three finalists for the Bowerman Award, the tune model of the Heisman Trophy.

To web to the initiating line for the heats Aug. 3, he would have to take a look at unfavorable for COVID-19 more than one times. He acknowledged he’s leaving July 28 for Tokyo.

Opening ceremony is Friday.

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Oregon distance coach Ben Thomas acknowledged Hocker contracted COVID-19 in most fashionable months nonetheless had no symptoms totally different than two days of headaches.  

“I’m no longer undoubtedly too taken aback about it, transferring into,” acknowledged Hocker.

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Swimmer Michael Andrew, who licensed in three particular individual occasions, previously acknowledged he was no longer vaccinated. The Global Olympic Committee has no longer required the 10,000 athletes to be vaccinated.

The Hocker news comes on a day when the silent nature of the pandemic-plagued Olympics was underscored. U.S. tennis player Coco Gauff examined obvious for the coronavirus, forcing her out of the Olympics. Every other on the U.S. females’s gymnastics crew, Kara Eaker, 18, examined obvious for the virus. She is quarantining in a hotel, according to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee.

Every other athlete, Katie Lou Samuelson, lost her field on the Olympic crew for effectively being and security protocols, USA Basketball announced. She was on the crew for 3×3 basketball. She posted on Instagram she was vaccinated and “took every precaution.”

Samuelson was changed by broken-down Notre Dame player Jackie Young, the top scorer in Indiana excessive college history.

Brian McCloskey, chair of an just skilled panel advising the IOC, was asked what he realizing the percentages had been an athlete would be contact-traced out of an tournament.

“I reflect it’s imaginable,” he acknowledged. “It’s something that would possibly presumably happen. We try very exhausting to make certain that it doesn’t happen.”

Lindsay Mintenko, an Olympic gold medalist and  managing director of the U.S. national swim crew, acknowledged an athlete is no longer automatically disqualified if contact traced, if the athlete has been vaccinated.

“The virus is serene here,” Mintenko acknowledged. “It’s accessible, and we’re going into an surroundings where we have not any realizing what the totally different population has been doing to give protection to themselves. That makes me nervous. We’re going to cease quite a bit to give protection to ourselves. But I’m nervous about what we’re going to streak into.”

Contact IndyStar reporter David Woods at david.woods@indystar.com. Note him on Twitter: @DavidWoods007. USA TODAY Sports actions columnist Christine Brennan contributed to this report.

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U.S. middle-distance runner Cole Hocker heading to Tokyo unvaccinated as Olympics grapple with COVID-19