Muhammad Wins Gold In 400m IH And De Grasse Silver In 200m At Rio Olympics|
Aug. 18, 2016
Dalilah Muhammad won a gold medal in the 400m IH and Andre De Grasse a silver medal in the 200m at the 2016 Olympics held at Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil today (Aug. 18). In addition, Allyson Felix and the USA women's 4x100m relay team advanced to the final tomorrow. With the two medals earned today, Trojans have won 12 medals at the Rio Games.
Rain began falling at Olympic Stadium shortly before the women's 400m IH race, but it didn't damper the efforts of Muhammad (USC 2012) who stormed to the gold medal with a time of 53.13, 0.42 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher Sara Slott Petersen of Denmark. The first five runners to finish behind Muhammad set season or personal bests, including Petersen who set the Denmark national record.
Muhammad became the first American woman 400m IH runner to win a gold medal at the Olympics and the second Trojan to medal in the event, as Natasha Danvers-Smith earned a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics for Great Britain.
De Grasse (USC 2016) won the silver medal for Canada in the men's 200m final with a time of 20.02 (-0.5). Usain Bolt of Jamaica won the event with a time of 19.78, his third straight 100m and 200m titles at the Olympics. De Grasse had run a PR of 19.80 (-0.3), breaking his national record, to advance out of the semifinals yesterday with the second-best qualifying time.
Felix (USC 2008) and the USA 4x100m relay team was able to advance to the finals tomorrow, but not without a lot of angst and controversy. Felix ran the second leg and when she went to pass the baton to English Gardner who was running the third leg, the Brazilian runner in the next lane swung her arm out across the lane knocking Felix off stride and causing the U.S. to miss the exchange. Felix eventually picked up the baton and USA finished the heat with a time of 1:06.71. First they were disqualified and then their protest was upheld and they were allowed to run alone later in the day to attempt to beat 42.70, which was the time the eighth qualifier (China) had achieved. Running alone on the track nearly eight hours later, USA's team of Tianna Bartoletta, Felix, Gardner and Morolake Akinosun was able to post a time of 41.77 to advance to tomorrow's final at 6:15 p.m. with the fastest time. USA won the gold medal in the event at the 2012 Olympics.
Tomorrow's Trojans on the track are expected to include De Grasse and Aaron Brown in the men's 4x100m relay final for Canada and Felix in the women's 4x100m relay final for USA. Felix may also run in the women's 4x400m heats for USA tomorrow.
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