Bryshon Nellum

Bryshon Nellum
Personal information
Full nameBryshon Lorenzo Nellum
Born (1989-05-01) May 1, 1989 (age 33)
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight175 lb (79 kg)
Event(s)200 meters, 400 meters
College teamUSC Trojans
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)200 m: 20.43 (Sacramento 2007)
400 m: 44.73 (Eugene 2013)

Bryshon Lorenzo Nellum (born May 1, 1989) is an American sprinter. He graduated from University of Southern California in 2012 with a degree in Public Administration and Social Service Professions and is currently[when?] a graduate student.


A native of Los Angeles, California, Nellum attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School, where he also competed in American football as a wide receiver, and was teammates with Terrence Austin, Jurrell Casey, Vaughn Telemaque, and Donovan Warren. He was ranked the No. 70 wide receiver prospect in his class by[1]

While still in high school, Nellum was named Gatorade Track & Field Athlete of the Year in 2007. In his sophomore year, Nellum finished second to David Gettis in the 400 meters at the 2005 CIF California State Meet. As a junior, he doubled as state champion in the 200 and 400 meters. At the 2007 CIF State Meet, Nellum repeated as 200 and 400 meters champion.[2] In a memorable 200 metres dash, Nellum (state meet record 20.43) ran head-to-head with 100 meters champion Jahvid Best (20.65), narrowly beating him down the stretch.[3] Nellum's and Best's time ranked No. 1 and No. 2 among high school sprinters in 2007, and earned Nellum a consecutive All-USA selection by USA Today.[4] Nellum's time broke a twenty-year-old state record established by Quincy Watts in 1987.[5]

Nellum had to redshirt the 2009 season at USC, after being shot in the leg by two gang members.[6] Nellum was told by doctors that he would probably never again reach world-class speeds as a runner.[7]

On June 24, 2012, in Eugene, Oregon, Bryshon Nellum ran a personal record 44.80—his first sub-45-second time—in the 400 meters at the U.S. Olympic track trials, placing third in the competition and earning a spot on the 2012 Olympic team. At the 2012 Olympics Nellum reached the semi-finals of the individual 400 meters and won a silver medal as part of the 4×400 meters relay team.[8] He carried the US flag at the closing ceremony after being chosen by the US athletes.[8]


  1. ^ " wide receivers 2007". Archived from the original on 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
  2. ^ "Nellum, Prentice headed to state as double winners". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2015-10-05. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
  3. ^ Bryshon Nellum runs a 20.43 at California State Meet on YouTube
  4. ^ "2007 Boys All-USA Track and Field team". USA Today. Archived from the original on 2012-05-12. Retrieved 2020-05-01.
  5. ^ "All-Time California Track & Field Records". 13 April 2012. Archived from the original on 2016-07-31. Retrieved 2020-05-01.
  6. ^ "USC standout sprinter shot in the legs". Los Angeles Times. November 2, 2008. Archived from the original on April 14, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  7. ^ "USC's Bryshon Nellum is back on track after being wounded". Los Angeles Times. May 13, 2010. Archived from the original on June 27, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Bryshon Nellum to carry U.S. flag". ESPN. Associated Press. 10 August 2012. Archived from the original on 14 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012.

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