Waco native prepares for Tokyo Olympics

Published: Jun. 30, 2021 at 11:51 PM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) -A Waco native will be competing with Team USA at the Olympics. Wil London, the Waco High and Baylor alum is back from the Olympic trials and training in Central Texas once again.

It’s been a long time coming.

“I set out in the fifth grade to be an Olympian. So from the fifth grade to twenty-three years old, and I finally got to accomplish my biggest goal,” said London.

But, he didn’t have to go far.

“From team Waco to Tennyson Middle School. Waco high all the way to Baylor, you know I did it without ever leaving the city,” added London.

Waco’s summer track program was the start of it all, and that’s where former Baylor coach Clyde Hart first saw Wil.

“He was just a little kid. That’s why he was called little Wil, but he was out running everybody,’ said Coach Hart.

Clyde recruited Wil to run at Baylor. Now, they’ve been training for the Olympics all around town.

“We’ve been on the track, we’ve been at Cameron Park. We’ve been in the rain, we’ve been in the cold,” said Hart.

Now once again, Wil is running on a track in Waco in the summer, preparing to be the first Olympian from his hometown.

“I don’t really think about that, being the first, I just want to inspire the younger kids. I don’t care if I was the first second or third I’m excited to go and just represent Waco,” said London.

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