Even though Colorado track and field has yet to complete the outdoor season or had the USATF Olympic Trials, CU track and cross country alum Morgan Pearson has already punched his ticket to the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo.
The 27-year-old added two more disciplines to his running background and has become one of the world’s top male triathletes since leaving Colorado in 2016. He has since risen to the top of the triathlon world, placing bronze in the 2021 World Triathlon Championships Series in Yokohama, Japan in May to punch his ticket as the first male representative for Team USA. In claiming his first medal, Pearson also became just the third U.S. male to earn a medal at the WTCS.
Thanks to his bronze medal he is now third in the standings after one event and is ranked 16th in the world in the Individual Olympic Qualification Rankings according to triathlon.org.
“It’s really cool and I’m really excited. This was a goal I had when I started doing triathlons,” Pearson said. “I started racing pro in 2018. It’s not only like a goal accomplished but it’s also kind of a dream since I was a little kid.”
Pearson was a five-time indoor All-American and one-time All-American in outdoor during his time in Boulder.