Golden Sweep! Men’s And Women’s Relay Team Bring Home The Gold
It wasn’t just #blackgirlmagic at this year’s olympic games, it was all around record-breaking, world champion type of magic going on for both Black male and female olympians.
In an unprecedented feat, both the U.S. men’s and women’s relay team brought home the gold.
American women closed a strong Olympics performance in track and field, as Courtney Okolo, Natasha Hastings, Phyllis Francis and Allyson Felix cruised to victory in the 4×400-meter relay.
It’s the sixth consecutive gold medal for the USA in this event.
It’s the ninth total medal, and sixth gold (five in relays), for Felix, the most decorated U.S. female track and field Olympian and tied with Merlene Ottey for most overall.
“This one wasn’t an individual medal, and the great thing is I get to share it with these great friends,” Felix said. “I am so blessed.
“Track and field is such a big part of my life. In track and field, there are always bumps in the road and each one of us had a unique journey to get here, but we pushed through,” Felix said.
Felix got the baton with a slight lead on Jamaica, but stretched it to about 10 meters in the final straight to finish in 3:20.04.
Next up, the men didn’t disappoint. The men’s 4 x 400 race, led by LaShawn Merritt, finished in 2:50.30, with Jamaica coming in second with a 2:58.16 time. Bahamas (2:58.49) took the bronze medal in Rio de Janeiro.
Merritt was joined by Arman Hill, Tony McQuay and Gil Roberts in the final victory.
Merritt, who ran the final leg of the relay, won his second medal of the 2016 Games. He previously earned bronze in the men’s 400-meter race.
“The 200 was just extra for me, there was no training regimen for it,” the 30-year-old Merritt said. “If I would’ve medaled, I would’ve been grateful. But we really wanted to win this 4×4. It didn’t go the way the guys wanted it four years ago, so we knew how important it was.”
Congratulations to all those who sacrificed, worked hard and medaled at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. We are proud of you!