Joseph Fahnhulleh, Track Star and National Champion

Photo Courtesy of  Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


What has Joseph Fahnbulleh not done now? As a high schooler for Hopkins, he won two Minnesota state 200m championships, set -- and still holds -- the Minnesota state records in the 100m and 200m and won national 100m and 200m titles at New Balance Nationals.

A season later, in his first year with the University of Florida, he had a breakout indoor season. Then on Friday he added to his bevy of accomplishments, winning his first individual NCAA National Championship!

Fahnbulleh competed in the 100m and 200m at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He came away with an eighth-place finish in the 100m finals with a time of 10.21, but it was in the 200m where he made his statement. 

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Fahnbulleh came into the 200m as one of the favorites, since the 200m is his stronger event and he had a season-best of 20.05 from the SEC Championships. He started off the race with his trademark slow start, but by the time he came to the straight he started to gain ground. 

With about 50m left he was still behind Terrance Laird, Shaun Maswanganyi, and Micaiah Harris. But he used his long legs, his incredible stride, and that insane top speed to pass them with ease as he edged Laird for the win. 

Fahnbulleh finished with a time of 19.91 to just beat out Laird's time of 19.94. 

Joseph's time of 19.91 seconds equaled the eighth-best performer and the 10th-fastest time in collegiate history. A personal record for the former Hopkins star, that time also ranks second in UF history and is the sixth-fastest time in the world this year.

RankMarkWINDCompetitorDOBNatPosVenueDateResults Score
119.81+0.8Terrance LAIRD12 OCT 1998USAUSA1Mike A. Myers Stadium, Austin, TX (USA)27 MAR 20211250
219.88+1.6Divine ODUDURU07 OCT 1996NGRNGR1f1Jax Track at Hodges Stadium, Jacksonville, FL (USA)29 APR 20211239
219.88+0.4Kenneth BEDNAREK14 OCT 1998USAUSA1Suhaim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha (QAT)28 MAY 20211239
419.89+0.4André DE GRASSE10 NOV 1994CANCAN2Suhaim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha (QAT)28 MAY 20211237
519.90+0.7Noah LYLES18 JUL 1997USAUSA1f1Hilmer Lodge Stadium, Walnut, CA (USA)09 MAY 20211236
619.91-0.4Joseph FAHNBULLEHUSAUSA1Hayward Field, Eugene, OR (USA)11 JUN 20211236