Thursday, August 18, 2016

#Olympics: #TeamUSA SWEEPS Women's 100m Hurdles lead by #BriannaRollins! [details]




Team USA has made HISTORY AGAIN!!

The sweep by the U.S. women marked a significant first in Olympic history.

It was a powerful image, three American women embraced in victory after their historic clean sweep in the 100-meter hurdles. But the images and words after the race were equally poignant.
Kristi Castlin took the bronze and took a stand.

"I would like to dedicate this medal to victims of gun violence,’’ she said. “Women hurdlers are so strong in the U.S., and we have overcome controversy. We are three strong hurdlers.”

Nia Ali, who earned the silver, had overcome a year away from track to give birth to and care for her 15-month-old son, Titus.

"He won't remember this, but he will see photos and see that you can do anything you put your mind to,’’ Ali said while holding Titus. “I knew it was going to be hard to medal.”
And then, there was pure emotion from Brianna Rollins, who won the gold.


According to the Olympic historian Bill Mallon, there had been 61 such American track and field 1-2-3’s in prior editions of the modern Games, dating to 1904 (in events such as the 200-meter hurdles, which back then was a thing). The most recent U.S. 1-2-3’s: the 400 and 400 hurdles at the Beijing 2008 Games.

All 61 were in men’s events.

Wednesday night thus made for the first medals sweep for American track and field women.
“What? Oh, my goodness!” Ali said when told of the historical significance. 


To be sure, American women have gone 1-2-3 at previous editions of the Games — as far back as 1904 (again), in archery, and in other disciplines.
But, remarkably, never before had the American women gone gold, silver, bronze in track or field.
Making it all the sweeter, as Rollins would say: “We are genuinely friends.”

The victory also made for the first gold medal for the 2016 U.S. team on the track. The prior four came in field events: Michelle Carter, women’s shot put, Jeff Henderson, men’s long jump; Christian Taylor, men’s triple jump; and just before the hurdles, Tianna Bartoletta in the women’s long jump.
A quirky point of contrast: in Tuesday night’s men’s 110m hurdles final, the Americans were shut out of the medals the first time in a non-boycotted Games. Jamaica’s Omar McLeod won; Americans Devon Allen and Ronnie Ash finished fifth and eighth.

The women’s hurdles served as Wednesday’s marquee event amid a crush of other races:
— Jamaica’s Usain Bolt jogged to a 19.78 semifinal victory in the men’s 200m, chatting it up coming down the stretch with Canada’s Andre de Grasse, second in a national-record 19.8. The American LaShawn Merritt won the first semi, 19.94. In the third semifinal, the

American Justin Gatlin, ahead at the turn, eased off the gas — too much — and finished third in 20.13, an overall ninth-best in the three heats; Gatlin will not run in the final.
Bolt said afterward, referring to de Grasse, “He was supposed to slow down. I said, ‘What are you doing? It’s a semifinal.’ “
“We were having fun,” de Grasse said. “I just wanted to go out there and push him to his limits a bit.”



Congrats to TEAM USA, all 3 ladies and  BLACK GIRLS REALLY DO ROCK!!!

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