She came, she saw, she conquered. From the beginning, there were probably few questions of whether Hampton’s Francena McCorory and the 2016 Olympic relay team would speed off with its sixth consecutive title in the women’s 4×400 relay final on Saturday in Rio.
It was just a matter of time.
The 4×400-meterteam defended their title and McCorory is now a two-time Olympic gold medalist. A champion track and field athlete, McCorory “didn’t run a leg on the U.S. foursome” that won the title but she earned Olympic gold for her incredible effort “in getting the Americans in the final the night before,” writes Elliot Denman at the Daily Press.
Hampton alum @theREALMcCorory brought that 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/YE5r5Z94ar
— HBCU Gameday (@HBCUGameday) August 20, 2016
The women’s 4×400 boasts a winning streak dating back to the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta after last night’s big win, and it’s still going strong, per TeamUSA.org’s Peggy Shinn:
“The winning streak started 20 years ago…
In the final night of Olympic track and field in Rio, the U.S. women’s 4×400-meterteam won its sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal.
Allyson Felix anchored the team of Courtney Okolo, Natasha Hastings and Phyllis Francis to the gold-medal six-peat in 3:19.06. Jamaica finished second in 3:20.34 for the silver medal — one place better than they finished in London. And Great Britain brought home bronze in 3:25.88.”
“Felix and Francena McCorory, who ran in the 4×400 heat for the U.S. yesterday, also competed on the 2012 Olympic relay team that won gold in London. Hastings won gold with Felix on the 4×400 team at the 2008 Beijing Games,” writes Shinn.
I came, I saw, I conquered! Two time Olympic GOLD medalist! I’m so BLESSED! #2012 #2016… https://t.co/lSWxytKNVZ
— Francena McCorory (@theREALMcCorory) August 21, 2016
McCorory may run across the world, but she calls Hampton her home.
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