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.
ATHING MU TAKES THE GOLD!— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 3, 2021
She is the first American woman to win the 800m since the 1968 Mexico City Games. #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/WmJq2dYulr
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.