And every other hashtag you can think of to celebrate last night’s mind blowing moment in Black, American, Olympic and sports history!
Americans Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali, and Kristi Castlin slayed and swept the 100m hurdles in that same order, making history as the first to ever do so. Rollins, who was favorited to win, held the lead for most of the race, clocking a 12.48, with Ali (12.59) close on her heels. For Castlin, the win was not as easy to determine. She and her teammates held their breath as officials had to watch a replay to determine the bronze medalist. She did it though, winning by .02 seconds ahead of Great Britain’s Cindy Ofili.
The gold medalist is turning 25 today and Ali couldn’t wait to grab her son from the stands for a post-race interview. Meanwhile, Castlin honored her accomplishment by uplifting those who have succumbed to gun violence. “I would like to dedicate this medal to victims of gun violence,’’ offered the Atlanta native.
These three sistas were genuinely rooting for each other from beginning to end and looked flawless as they took a victory lap while draped in the American flag. And we couldn’t be more proud to see them put on for America.
This historic sweep comes just a day after the men’s track team was shut out of the 100m hurdles for the first time ever. #noshade
But wait…there’s more!
- Tianna Bartoletta and Brittney Reese completed a 1-2 sweep in the long jump. Leaping a personal best, Bartoletta (7.17 meters) upset Reese, who previously wore the long jump crown. The new champion’s winning jump was right after Reese took the lead with her 7.15 meter leap, but those .02m’s are what made the difference. Along with Bowie, Bartoletta will be participating in the relays on Thursday.
- First there was silver (100m), and now there’s a bronze (200m), for two-time Olympic medalist Tori Bowie. The Mississippi native clocked a 22.15, ranking behind Jamaica’s queen of the track, Elaine Thompson (21.78), for the second time, and reigning world champ Dafne Schippers (21.88) from the Netherlands. Watch Bowie on Thursday morning as she participates in the 4×100 m relays.
- Boxer Claressa Shields is on the hunt to keep her boxing title. She outlasted the quarterfinals against Russia’s Yaroslava Yakushina despite being a bit “rusty“ waiting her turn, advancing her to the semifinals on Friday. We’ll be rooting hard for the 21-year-old as she looks to get back on her throne!
If you’re keeping count, six (!) Black American women medaled in track & field on Wednesday.
Can you say LIT?!
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