SAN DIEGO – Olympic track star Will Claye, who spent time in Chula Vista training for Rio, secured the silver medal before getting down on one knee and asking his girlfriend to marry him.
The American triple jumper won the silver with a 17.76-meter jump Tuesday – finishing second to fellow U.S. jumper Christian Taylor. With the American flag draped over his shoulders, Claye jumped into the stands to find U.S. hurdler Queen Harrison.
Her reaction was captured in photos.
— USATF (@usatf) August 16, 2016
Later, Claye, 25, was interviewed about his victory and questioned about the engagement. He admitted he wasn’t 100 percent sure Harrison said yes. He said they’d work it out after the day of competition.
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We’re assuming she accepted after pictures of Harrison wearing the sparkling engagement ring were posted on Twitter.
😍😍😍 Congrats Will Claye & Queen Harrison! pic.twitter.com/tJOzeWvQrF
— DMG (@DoyleManagement) August 16, 2016
"When I woke up, I was like, 'Today's gonna be the best day of my life.' " — Will Claye, who won a silver, then proposed to his girlfriend.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 16, 2016
This has been a proposal-filled Olympics. Four other athletes have popped the question since the Rio Olympics kicked off.
OK, enough now. That's FIVE very public Olympic marriage proposals. US triple jump silver medallist Will Claye pic.twitter.com/PBx6hfROSd
— David Sim (@davidsim) August 16, 2016