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Athing Mu wins Women’s 800M final at Summer Olympics

Mu made history on Tuesday becoming the first American woman to win the 800m since the 1968 Summer Games.

Athing Mu of Team United States reacts after winning the gold medal in the Women’s 800m Final on day eleven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 03, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Ahting Mu did something on Tuesday that no one has done for Team USA in track and field since the 1968 Mexico City Games. The 19-year-old runner, who was the favorite heading into Tuesday, won the 800m final in dominating fashion with a time of 1:55.21. She ran the best 400m split at a blistering 57.9 seconds, which helped her capture the gold medal and a new American record in the 800.

However, she was not the only American to win a medal in the 800m final Tuesday. Raevyn Rogers won the bronze as she barely edged out Jeema Reekie of Great Britain with a time of 1:56.8 (personal best). Reekie finished in fourth with a time of 1:56.90, which was a personal best for her. Great Britain did end up on the medal podium with Keely Hodgkinson winning the silver medal with a time of 1:55.8, which was a national record.