GO TEAM USA! America’s Dalilah Muhammad just made history winning the 400m hurdles! She just ran her way to a gold medal on Aug. 18, dominating the competition to become the first American woman to ever win. Plus USA’s Ashley Spencer took bronze. Here’s the scoop!
It’s amazing how 400-meters can seem so long, but when some of the fastest athletes are on the track, any distance just flies by. During the Aug. 18 finale at Rio 2016, eight of the best track and field runners took their mark and at the end it was America’s Dalilah Muhammad, 26, who made her country proud to take home the gold! The star runner totally crushed her competitors, finishing the race in just 53.13 seconds without touching a single hurdle. What a champ! And right behind her was another amazing American athlete Ashley Spencer, 23, who took home the bronze with 53.72.
It came down to three Jamaicans (Ristananna Tracey, 24, Janieve Russell, 22, Leah Nugent, 23), two Americans (Dalilah and Ashley) Denmark’s Sara Petersen, 29, and Eilidh Doyle, 29, from Great Britain. Delilah clocked the fasted time in the semifinals, with a time of 53.89 seconds, with Sara coming in second with 54.55 seconds.
Unfortunately, the defending champion, Russia’s Natalya Antyukh, 35, was not allowed to try and win back-to-back medals. She was one of the 118 Russian athletes banned from competing in the Rio 2016 games after officials discovered a government-sanctioned doping program. She had to watch this epic race from her home.
After the historic sweep in the Women’s 100m hurdles, Dalilah had a lot to live up to. Brianna Rollins, 24, Kristi Castlin, 28 and Nia Ali, 28, came in first, second and third place during the Aug. 17 final. It was the first time ever that the U.S.A. did a clean sweep in a women’s track and field events and will probably be one of the biggest highlights of the Rio 2016 games!
What do you think about that race, HollywoodLifers? Did your favorite runner take home the gold?