Before these Games, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn’s abiding Olympic memory was of being crouched on the track in tears after crashing out of the semifinals in Rio five years ago.
On Monday (2), however, that soon became a distant memory as the 24-year-old cruised to victory in the 100m hurdles in Tokyo, stopping the clock at 12.37 to secure Puerto Rico’s first Olympic gold medal in athletics.
There was redemption, too, for silver medallist Kendra Harrison, who missed out on making the US Olympic team back in 2016 in what was an otherwise undefeated season. The world record-holder clocked 12.52 to finish just ahead of Jamaica’s Megan Tapper, who took bronze from the outside lane in 12.55.
Camacho-Quinn had impressed in the earlier rounds, winning her heat in 12.41 and her semifinal in 12.26, breaking the Olympic record. Harrison, the world indoor champion, wasn’t quite as fast but still made it to the final with relative ease following a 12.74 heat and 12.51 run in the semifinal.
Aside from one DQ for Camacho-Quinn and one DNF for Harrison earlier in the season, both women arrived in Tokyo undefeated this year, setting the scene for a mouth-watering showdown in the final.
SOURCE: WORLD ATHLETICS