Dalilah Muhammad made history Thursday night when she got the United States’ first gold medal – ever – in the women’s 400-meter hurdles at the Rio Olympic Games.
Making her Olympic debut, Muhammad got off to a blazing start under a steady rain and rose quickest over the first hurdle, never coming close to losing her lead.
“It’s so exciting,” said Muhammad. “This means so much; I’ve been working so hard for this. The last two years haven’t been the best but to finally be where I’m supposed to be at the right time, and I’m so happy about that.”
Muhammad’s performance at the U.S. Olympic trials foreshadowed her gold-medal run here. After making a coaching change in February and improving her fitness level, she posted the fastest time in the world this year and shaved nearly a second off her personal best.
“I just to remotivate myself to work harder,” she said. “I worked as hard as I ever did in this last year and being so much more disciplined played a huge factor.”