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Black Runners Piling Up Wins at Rio Olympics

Black diaspora Olympians keep up the amazing feats daily as the Rio Games progress. The most impressive performances were Wednesday night when Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin swept the podium with gold, silver and bronze medals respectively in the women’s 100m hurdles final.

“I tried to feed off all the positive energy from Team USA,” Rollins said. “We were able to come out here and fulfill our dreams. It was an amazing opportunity. I was trying to enjoy each and every moment. I’m just happy to share the moment with Kristi and Nia.” But that wasn’t all. Long jumper Tianna Bartoletta took the gold and defending Olympic champion Britni Reese took the silver for the U.S. women’s team. Meanwhile Tori Bowie won a bronze medal in the women’s 200m finals.

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt continued his smiling, seemingly effortless coasts across the finish line, this time in the 200m semifinal, besting Canadian challenger Andre DeGrasse as he came in second — and even wagging his finger in a “no, no, no” gesture in what Bolt considers his signature event.

Also, TeamUSA’s Kerron Clement took the gold medal in the 400m hurdles, besting Kenya’s Boniface Tumuti who took silver and Turkey’s  Yasmani Copello, who took the bronze. Clement returned to the Olympics in Rio after winning silver in Beijing in 2008, but had a lackluster performance in London in 2012.

Finally, due to a botched baton handoff on Thursday, the U.S. women’s 4x100m relay team was disqualified from competing to defend its gold medal in the event. But after launching a protest, officials found that their exchange was interfered with and will run a heat Thursday night by itself in which they must beat the Chinese time of 42.70 in order to qualify for the final.      


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