Three years ago, Garrett Scantling was out of sports. Tonight, his quest for one of sports’ biggest prizes begins.
Scantling left a job in finance in 2018 in Jacksonville, and returned to sports — he had made big marks in both track and field and football both in Jacksonville and at Georgia. He went back to the decathlon, a grueling 10-event course that will reveal the “world’s greatest athlete.”
Tonight, Scantling and his fellow competitors take on the first three events: the 100-meter dash, long jump and shot put.
Back and ready to go: After giving up on sports, Garrett Scantling set to soar at decathlon in Tokyo Olympics
Among his toughest competition are fellow Americans Zach Ziemek and Steven Bastien, along with Canada’s Damian Warner, the top-ranked decathlete in the world and 2016 bronze medalist; Germany’s Nicklas Kaul and Estonia’s Maicel Uibo.
Also among Floridians competing tonight into early Wednesday:
- Nelly Korda, Jessica Korda, Lexi Thompson (USA), Jodi Ewart Shadoff (Great Britain), Tiffany Chan (Hong Kong), Maria
- Foluke Akinradewo Gunderson of Fort Lauderdale and the USA women’s volleyball team take on the Dominican Republic at midnight in the quarterfinals.
- Sylvia Fowles of Miami and the U.S. women’s basketball team takes on Australia in that sport’s quarterfinals early Wednesday morning.
- FSU’s Katrina Young begins her journey in 10-meter platform in the preliminaries.
- Cory McGee, a former Florida Gators star, competes in the 1500-meter semifinals in track and field.
How to watch Olympic men’s decathlon
When: starting at 8 p.m. ET, Tuesday, Aug. 3