Brandon McBride was a triple gold medallist at the 2013 Canada Games, winning the 400m, 800m, and 4x400m relay. As a sophomore at Mississippi State University, he won the 2014 NCAA indoor and outdoor titles in the 800m. Ranked number one nationally, he ended the season undefeated. In 2015 McBride finished fourth indoors and sixth outdoors at the NCAA Championships. He was also a member of the Mississippi State 4x400m relay team that finished third.
McBride came one spot shy of qualifying for the 800m final at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. McBride made his Olympic debut at Rio 2016 where he advanced to the 800m semifinals. In July 2018 he broke a 10-year-old Canadian 800m record, setting a new national mark of 1:43.20s in Monaco.
A Little More About Brandon
Getting into the Sport: Started competing at 8 years old, but not full time training until 2013… As a kid, would run 2-3 kms home to meet curfew. He ran so he could stay out as late as possible with his friends… Admired the older athletes competing for Canada, they made him proud to be Canadian. He wants to make others feel the way he did in those moments… Has dreamed of competing for Team Canada since grade 11 after he realized he could make the world youth team… Outside Interests: Enjoys watching anime, reading, hiking, spending time with family… Business administration major at Mississippi State University…Odds and Ends: Nickname: Junebug…. Role model is Olympic champion David Rudisha because of how humble he comes across… Wears good luck bracelets each race… Favourite motto: “The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary
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Notable International Results
Olympic Games: 2016 - 14th (800m)
Pan American Games: 2015 - 9th (800m), 9th (4x400m relay)
IAAF World Championships: 2019 - 9th (800m); 2017 - 8th (800m)
IAAF World Championships (junior): 2012 - 6th (800m)
IAAF World Championships (youth): 2011 - 4th in SF (800m)
Commonwealth Games: 2014 - DQ (800m), DQ (4x400m relay)