#BlackGirlMagic: Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali And Kristi Castlin Make History With 100-Meter Hurdle Sweep

August 18, 2016  |  

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I don’t know what you guys are watching in the evenings, but trust me when I tell you that you should tune into the Olympics. These competitions, particularly the recent track and field races, have been quite thrilling.

That was definitely the case last night, as three American hurdlers, all Black women, took home gold, silver and bronze medals together in the same hurdle event.

In just 12.48 seconds, Brianna Rollins, 25, made her way through the 100-meter hurdles, coming in first. Her fellow teammate, Nia Ali, 27, came in second with a time of 12.50, and after leaning past the tight competition, Kristi Castlin, 28, with a time of 12.61, secured bronze for herself. While the women initially went in planning to do their best, leave it all on the track, and support one another no matter what the results would be, they had no idea they would all take home medals together in the same race. They embraced as their opponents walked up to congratulate each woman.

As Rollins stated, “We’ve talked about it, but it’s not something that we focused on. We just wanted to focus on being our best, and being our best would get us on the podium.”

It definitely did. After the race, Rollins showed love to her teammates on social media, celebrating their history-making win. They were they first Americans in any women’s event in track and field to take home all three medals.

 

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So amazing to see so many Black woman excelling in Rio. Keep up the amazing work! We’re definitely rooting for you.

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