Message From Rio 2016 - Day 12

For the first time in Olympic history, a single country swept the medals in the 100-meter hurdles. Jumping for joy are (left to right) bronze medalist Kristi Castlin, gold medalist Brianna Rollins and silver medalist Nia Ali.

Women’s hurdle sweep highlights huge day for Team USA

RIO DE JANEIRO – One of the most critical components of a successful team performance at an event like the Olympic Games is the medical staff involved in the caring for and treatment of the athletes. 

Team USA pole vaulter Sam Kendricks put it best when he posted on social media that the medical personnel “are the heroes that give us as athletes the edge needed to push our limits and grow. I know I was at my best with you all behind me in my ‘village’.”  

The world’s best team needs the world’s best medical staff to keep them at their best, and it is evident this Olympic track and field team has that. 

We had many examples of American athletes performing extraordinarily today.

Evan Jager’s silver medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase is the first U.S Olympic medal in that event since 1984. The triumph and joy that was evident on his face as he crossed the line was evidence of a long road of hard work and a dream achieved. 

In the women’s long jump, Tianna Bartoletta won the gold medal with a PB leap of 23-6 1/4 (7.17m). Brittney Reese, the defending gold medalist from 2012, earned the silver.

In the women’s 200m final, Tori Bowie added a bronze medal to her 100m silver. 

The final event of the evening, the 100m hurdles, was perhaps the highlight of the meet so far. The women of Team USA displayed their phenomenal skill and speed with a 1-2-3 sweep of the medals. Brianna Rollins won the gold, Nia Ali won the silver and Kristi Castlin earned the bronze, all in spectacular fashion. It is the first time in Olympic history that three competitors from the same country earned all three podium spots in the 100m hurdles.

Other key moments included Bernard Lagat, Paul Chelimo and Hassan Mead advancing to the finals of the men’s 5000m. In the women’s 800m, Ajee Wilson and Kate Grace advanced to the semis.

Finally, reigning Olympic gold medalist and world record-holder Ashton Eaton leads the decathlon after the first five events with 4,621 points, while Jeremy Taiwo is fifth and Zach Ziemek 10th.

Vin Lananna
2016 Olympic Head Coach – Men’s Track and Field

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