2018 Great Immigrants Recipient

Kerron Clement
Olympic Gold Medalist in Track and Field
Born in:
Trinidad and Tobago

“I came out here with one mindset and that is to execute my race plan and trust my fitness and just believe in myself… I dug down deeper to get that win, and to get my first individual gold medal. It is a surreal feeling and it was great honor for my mom to give me the [American] flag to run around the stadium,” Kerron Clement said after winning the gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. USA Track & Field describes Clement as one of the most decorated 400-meter hurdlers of all time. In 2009, he became one of only three men ever to win the world 400m hurdles title twice. In the 2008 Summer Olympic Games he won a 4x400m gold medal and a 400m hurdles silver medal. In 2005, while representing the Florida Gators, he broke the indoor world record for the 400m sprint at the National Collegiate Athletic Association indoor championships. Clement, who also works as a model, appeared in the Beyoncé music video “Run the World (Girls).” Updated July 2018