Benjamin Switches Allegiance To The U.S.

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Rai Benjamin, son of former West Indies fast bowler, Winston Benjamin, is now officially a U.S. athlete.
Benjamin who attends the University of South California (USC) is a three-time NCAA Division champion.
The 21-year old who was born in the United States, became the third fastest man in history in the 400m hurdles this past season, winning the 2018 NCAA title in 47.02 seconds behind world-record holder Kevin Young (46.78) and Abderrahman Samba (46.98).
After representing Antigua and Barbuda at the 2013 World Youth Championships and the 2015 World Relays, Benjamin requested a switch in allegiance.
His request to compete for the United States was delayed when the International Associations of Athletics Federation (IAAF) announced a freeze in February of 2017 on athletes switching allegiances.
The transfer process was reportedly completed last Thursday  when he received a letter from United States Track and Field indicating that his transfer was now complete.
Rai Benjamin turned pro at the end of the NCAA season, signing with Nike and becomes the second athlete from Antigua and Barbuda to switch allegiance.
Miguel Francis was the first to do so running now under the British flag.

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