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Olympic Redux: Courtney Okolo runs for Team USA in the Women's 4x400 relay

Discussion in '2016 Summer Olympics' started by VAMike23, Aug 19, 2016.

  1. VAMike23

    VAMike23 The Virginian

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    Some posters will remember the stunning comeback by Texas high school senior Courtney Okolo, documented in a Boneyard thread from 2012, where she made up a ridiculous deficit on the final leg of the girls' 4x400 relay at her state championships:



    The thread itself, kindly brought to us by alexrgct as the OP (thanks, Alex!), can be found. here.

    Fast forward to the present - It should come as little surprise that the recently graduated (Univ. of Texas) Ms. Okolo has dominated this race and now owns the all-time NCAA record at 49.71 secs. Unfortunately, she had a somewhat disappointing performance at the Olympic trials, running well off her own personal best, something that the TV commentator mentioned was not uncommon for American college runners who also train to peak for the NCAA championships.

    Fortunately, Ms. Okolo still made the Olympic team as a member of the relay pool and the preliminary heats are being held this evening. The final is tomorrow evening (Saturday). She will certainly run in the preliminaries and with any luck, she will earn the nod to run in the final alongside Allyson Felix and compete for Olympic gold. This assumes everything goes smoothly tonight!

    This young woman is a very special talent - one whom I expect will be a medal contender in the next World Championships and subsequent Olympics. She's the real deal, folks. Keep an eye on her and on the 4x400!

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    Go Courtney! Go USA!
     
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  2. iri10

    iri10

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    Barring a DQ or something else freakish, they should win this event.

    Overall, despite a few disappointments here and there, it's been a very good meet for USA track. There were medals in all sorts of places that the US usually doesn't get medals in. Hopefully they can get better in the sprints, though - pretty disappointing in the 100 and 200 (except women's 4x100). Men's 4x100 barely merits mentioning.
     
  3. VAMike23

    VAMike23 The Virginian

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    Great race by the USA to take gold !

    Courtney ran a strong leadoff leg - she looks to be the future of the USA 400m medal hopes in the World Championships and Olympics to come. Allyson Felix and the rest of the squad were also very strong. So glad to see the USA grab this gold!

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