Former Nebraska national champion Chad Wright posted a top-10 finish in the discus at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Wright was the first Husker male athlete to throw the discus at the Olympics.
Competing for his native country of Jamaica, Wright recorded a throw of 62.93 meters in the preliminaries to earn one of 12 spots in the finals. In the finals, Wright placed ninth with a throw of 62.56 meters. Wright was the first Husker male thrower to earn a top-10 finish at the Olympics since Sam Francis placed fourth in the shot put at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Wright competed at Nebraska from 2011 to 2014, where he was a six-time All-American. He was a first-team All-American in the discus all four years of his career, placing in the top six at the NCAA Championships every season. Wright finished sixth in the discus as a freshman, was the NCAA champion as a sophomore, finished second as a junior and fourth as a senior.
Wright was also the 2014 Big Ten champion in the discus with a throw of 63.96 meters, the longest throw in the history of the Big Ten Men’s Outdoor Championships and the second-longest throw in Husker history.