Olympics Update 2016 – Illinois athlete wins gold in Rio de Janeiro

Springfield, IL native Ryan Held earned a gold medal in the U.S. men’s 4x100-meter freestyle relay team victory on Sunday, August 7. As a member of the four-man relay team with U.S. Olympic legend Michael Phelps, the 19 year-old Held and fellow swimmers Caeleb Dressel and Nathan Adrian teamed to claim the gold in 3 minutes, 9.92 seconds.

A graduate of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield, Held will be entering his junior year at North Carolina State University once the Olympic Games are over. He participated in the Olympic Trials held in Omaha, Nebraska in late June before heading to the U.S. team’s training camp in San Antonio, Texas in July. Held plans to return home to Springfield for a visit over Labor Day weekend September 3-5.

A total of 36 athletes from Illinois are competing in this year’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil which conclude on Sunday, August 21.