Rio 2016
Dalilah Muhammad became the first American woman ever to win the 400m Hurdles Olympic title. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Dalilah Muhammad continued USA’s dominance on Day 7 of Track and Field, running an incredible race to storm to GOLD in the women’s 400m Hurdles at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

It is the first time that any American woman will be winning the Olympic title in this event, although they having been dominating in the men’s category.

There was never a doubt Muhammad would be the one to beat after coming into the Games with a World Leading time of 52.88s, which she ran at the US trials, and she followed it up with an impressive 53.13s storming past the field to win GOLD.

Meanwhile, Denmark’s Sara Slott Petersen, improved from London 2012 when she couldn’t get past the semis, and has now won Silver in Rio with a new National Record of 53.55s.

Ashley Spencer who was almost out of the picture clawed her way back into contention and secured Bronze with a Personal Best of 53.72s.

For double world champion, Zuzana Hejnova it was a disappointing comeback for her, having missed most of the season with an injury, clocking 53.92s to finish 4th.

Muhammad will be delighted by not only being the first woman from her country to win the 400m hurdles at the Olympics, but also how she has overcome career threatening injuries to win on the biggest stage.


Rio 2016
Dalilah Muhammad is the first American woman ever to win the 400m Hurdles Olympic title. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Athletics coverage was a discovery, having to move away from regularly writing about Football. Although it was initially daunting, but now being an authority in it makes the past effort worthwhile. From travelling on the same international flight with Nigerian athletes, to knowing you could easily interview: World Record holder Tobi Amusan, then Ese Brume, I have cut my teeth in this beat earning the trust of Athletics sources. Formerly the Content Manager-Sports at Ringier media Nigeria, Chris is a Senior Sports writer, Photographer & Community manager at Making of Champions.


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