Team USA makes its case as world’s best
RIO DE JANEIRO – Last night, Team USA had the great privilege of witnessing a historic moment inside the Engenhão stadium – three American women, full of pride, stood on the awards podium and all listened to their national anthem being played. All three 100m hurdlers were honored in that moment, not just the winner. Awards ceremonies have a way of connecting us all in a fundamental way. Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin showed us what can be achieved with discipline, talent and hard work; they showed us the future of our sport is bright; they showed everyone watching, in Brazil and across the globe, what we mean when we say Team USA is the #1 team in the world.
Our men’s and women’s track and field teams are doing an extraordinary job. Across the board, in field events and on the track, Team USA is racking up the medals, personal best performances, Olympic Records, and even World Records. As I write this, we have earned 10 gold medals, 9 silver medals and 8 bronze medals – with a full session of competition and the men’s marathon still to come.
I could not be prouder of this team and the honor they have brought to their country.
Tonight, running in lane one, the women’s 4x100m relay team won gold in the second fastest time of all time – 41.01s.
In the women’s pole vault, Sandi Morris won silver in her Olympic debut, vaulting the same height as the champion and receiving second place on count-back.
Both our 4x400m men’s and women’s relay teams easily qualified through to the finals tomorrow, ensuring the final night at the Olympic Stadium will be one to remember.
2016 Olympic Head Coach – Men’s Track and Field