Murrieta native, and former Vista Murrieta and USC track and field standout, Michael Norman, is on his way to this summer’s Tokyo Olympics after winning the U.S. men’s 400m title at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials being held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, Sunday, June 20. Due to the 2020 Olympic Summer games being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Norman has now made the U.S. track and field team for the 2020 Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo, Japan July 23-Aug. 8, 2021.

Norman won the men’s 400m title with a season-best time of 44.07. After being bumped from the lead with about 90m remaining by Michael Cherry (44.35), Norman found another gear to pull away from Cherry and the field to claim the title. It is Norman’s first U.S. title in the 400m as he makes his first Olympic team. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are being held in the country where his mother (Nobue) was born. Randolph Ross out of North Carolina A&T was third and earned the final U.S. spot to the Tokyo Games in the men’s 400.

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