Jasmine Camacho-Quinn brought a gold medal to Puerto Rico after winning the women's 100-meter hurdles on Monday in the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
The 24-year-old crossed the finish line in 12.37 seconds. Kendra Harrison narrowly edged out Jamaica's Megan Tapper by 0.03 seconds to win silver for the United States.
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Women's 100-Meter Hurdles Results
Gold: Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Puerto Rico (12.37)
Silver: Kendra Harrison, USA (12.52)
Bronze: Megan Tapper, Jamaica (12.55)
4th: Tobi Amusan, Nigeria (12.60)
5th: Nadine Visser, Netherlands (12.73)
6th: Devynne Charlton, Bahamas (12.74)
7th: Gabriele Cunningham, USA (13.01)
8th: Britany Anderson, Jamaica (13.24)
Camacho-Quinn made history in her semifinal heat, breaking the Olympic record with a 12.26-second run. That obviously catapulted her to the top of the list of contenders for gold.
Harrison also had her eyes on a first Olympic medal and was carrying a massive chip on her shoulder after having failed to qualify for the 2016 Summer Games. The current world record holder, her best 100-meter hurdle time this season coming into the Olympics was 12.47 seconds, though, which left her with a lot of ground to make up on Camacho-Quinn.
At least in terms of first place, there wasn't much doubt from start to finish. Camacho-Quinn was almost immediately out in front, and her lead swelled as the runners sped down the track.
While she was unable to break Harrison's world record (12.20 seconds), it was nonetheless a dominant performance.
Harrison's battle with Tapper went right down to the wire and required a thorough examination by race officials to determine the faster of the two. Harrison's final surge and lean across the line was the difference between the two.
The University of Kentucky was perhaps the biggest winner of the race since Camacho-Quinn and Harrison were both members of the Wildcats track and field team.