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Olympian, Idalou native Bradley Adkins speaks at Idalou homecoming pep rally

Bradley Adkins speaks at Idalou Homecoming pep rally (Source: Idalou Booster Club video) Bradley Adkins speaks at Idalou Homecoming pep rally (Source: Idalou Booster Club video)
IDALOU, TX (KCBD) -

Red Raider and Idalou native Bradley Adkins competed in this year's Olympics in Rio, and although he did not come home with a medal, he landed a place in the hearts of many West Texans. On Friday, September 9, Adkins spoke at the Idalou Homecoming pep rally.

He inspired the crowd and the team by beginning his speech at the pep rally with a Bible verse that he says he lives his life by. Watch the speech here.

In his first Olympic games, Adkins finished in 21st place after clearing 7'5". But, he missed all three attempts at 7'6".

Only the top 12 competitors advanced to the finals.

Texas Tech Athletics reports, every athlete in the field made it past the first height; however, the second bar started to claim victims. Adkins would not fall into that group, as he sailed over the bar at 2.22m/7-3.25 on his second attempt to advance to the third height.

Ten competitors would did not move on, bringing the total to 34 left as the bar was raised to 2.26m/7-5.

Ten more would fall at 2.26m/7-5, but not Adkins. Mimicking his second round of the event, Adkins went up-and-over the bar successfully on his second attempt to be one of 24 left in the field.

Adkins would bow out at the next bar, putting up three great attempts at 2.29m/7-6, but clipped the bar on all three and did not advance to the next round. His clearance at 2.26m/7-5 marked an outdoor PR and capped a storybook 2016 for the Idalou native.

He was the 10th Red Raider in the school’s history to compete at the Olympics.

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