Meet Keni Harrison's family: Siblings and parents of Olympic silver medallist

Joshua Rogers August 2, 2021
Meet Keni Harrison's family: Siblings and parents of Olympic silver medallist
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Keni Harrison finished with a time of 12.52 seconds to win the silver medal in the women’s 100m hurdles. Harrison has an interesting backstory, as she was adopted when she was a child. The Olympian grew up in a family with ten other children, and so naturally people want to know more about Keni Harrison’s parents and siblings.

Keni Harrison wins silver medal in Tokyo

Keni Harrison has won the Olympic silver medal in the women’s 100m hurdles in Tokyo.

The 27-year-old finished with a time of 12.52 seconds. She was behind Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, who finished with a time of 12.37 seconds.

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Speaking after qualifying for the final, despite false starting, Harrison said she was able to “refocus” and “give everything I got.”

Harrison is the world record holder in the event, setting a time of 20.20 seconds in 2016.

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Keni Harrison’s family and adopted parents

Kendra “Keni” Harrison was born in Tennessee on September 18, 1992.

She was adopted by Gary and Karon Harrison, and grew up in a large family with ten other children. Eight of her siblings were also adopted.

The Harrisons were a military family and travelled a lot. They moved to North Carolina when Keni was just five-years-old where they settled.

“I know it wasn’t easy raising all of us,” Harrison said in 2016. “But my parents found a way. They always found a way.”

After she won the silver medal in Tokyo, Harrison spoke to TV reporters and thanked her adopted family for supporting her.

“To be adopted, and to be raised in such a big family, and for my siblings to see the journey I’ve been doing – I hope I made them proud,” Harrison said.

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The influence of Harrison’s siblings, especially her sisters

Harrison comes from a big family meaning she often has a large section of a crowd supporting her.

However, with the Tokyo Olympics closed to spectators, Harrison’s family have had to watch back home in the US.

That includes her older sister, Casey, whom Keni credits with inspiring her to become a track athlete.

“I started when I was probably 15 or 16, so I had some catching up to do,” Harrison said.

“I was doing well in high school, but when I got to the college level it was like, ‘Oh wait, there’s girls better than me. What am I going to do about it?’ I have such a passion for it. I’m going to be up there with them, just give me some time. … 2012, watching that Olympics, after that moment I was like this is what I want to do.”

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Is Keni Harrison’s brother in the NFL?

There seemed to be a little confusion following the final of the women’s 100m hurdles.

Some fans mistakenly thought Keni Harrison’s brother was in the NFL. However, it is the gold medallist, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, whose brother plays in the NFL.

Robert Quinn is an offensive linebacker who plays for the Chicago Bears.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.