Olympics: Hurdler Jasmine Camacho-Quinn Wins Puerto Rico’s Second Ever Gold Medal, Beats Keni Harrison
Puerto Rican track and field athlete Jasmine Camacho-Quinn captured an Olympics gold medal, making her the second athlete to earn the award for Puerto Rico's Olympics history.
Yahoo! Sports reported that Camacho-Quinn competed on the women's 100-meter hurdles and won the gold medal. In 2016, Puerto Rico gained its very first gold in the Olympics when athlete Monica Puig won in Tennis.
Puerto Rican Athlete Jasmine Camacho-Quinn Wins Gold in Tokyo Olympics 2020
On Monday, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn finished the 100-meter hurdles for the women's division, clocking in at 12.37 seconds, Euro Sport reported.
The Puerto Rican athlete reportedly went off to a good start, making it clear that the first 50 meters of the race would be a battle between Camacho-Quinn and Harrison for the gold. The 24-year-old Puerto Rican track and field athlete extended her lead in the race in the final 25 meters as she crossed the line ahead of Harrison.
But before winning the gold, the Puerto-Rican athlete was able to set an Olympics record on her way to the finals, as she ran 12.26 seconds in the semis on Sunday.
Camacho-Quinn's Olympic debut in 2016 was not good as she fell in her semifinal, and she was not able to regain her form before the ninth hurdle, making her stumble and fall into the track.
Although her father was from South Carolina, Camacho-Quinn chose to represent the country of her mother. Although the residents of Puerto Rico were considered U.S. citizens, Yahoo! Sports noted that the IOC recognizes the island as its own country for the Olympics.
Although the Camacho-Quinn's gold marked the second gold medal of Puerto Rico in the Olympics history, the recent award bagged by the Puerto Rican athlete was the first-ever gold medal of the country in the said sport.
U.S.' Keni Harrison Bags Silver in Tokyo Olympics 2020
As Puerto Rico nabbed their first gold medal in track and field, the U.S. bagged their silver in the same category as Keni Harrison won second, after Jasmine Camacho-Quinn.
Keni Harrison finished the race within 12.52 seconds. She was the world record holder in the said event and was a strong favorite in the sport to win gold in the women's division, NBC DFW reported.
It can be recalled Harrison arrived in the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials as the best hurdler in the world that season and finished her fourth in the final. After a couple of weeks, Harrison broke the world record in the event, as she ran 12.20 seconds at a meet that happened in London.
Meanwhile, Keni Harrison was followed by Megan Tapper from Jamaica, who was the bronze medalist, finishing the race within 12.55 seconds.
Apart from Keni Harrison, another U.S. track and field athlete, who was also present in the 100-meter hurdles at Tokyo Olympics 2020, was Gabrielle Cunningham. She finished seven in the race.
This article is written by Latin Post
Written By: Joshua Summers
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