Olympics-Athletics-Rollins leads US hurdles sweep

By REUTERS
August 18, 2016 06:04

 
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RIO DE JANEIRO - Brianna Rollins gave the United States its first track medal of the Rio Olympics when she won the 100 meters hurdles final on Wednesday, leading compatriots Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin across the line for an American podium sweep.

Favorite Rollins, who owned the fastest personal best in the field, ran an almost error-free race from lane six to add Olympic gold to her 2013 world title by a couple of paces in 12.48 seconds.

Ali was clear in second place when she crossed the line to take silver in 12.59 but Castlin, who was fourth over the final hurdle, faced a nervous wait before discovering she had done enough in the dash to the finish to take bronze in 12.61.

The American trio shrieked in delight and jumped up and down on the track in an embrace when the scoreboard confirmed they had secured the first Olympic podium sweep in the women's sprint hurdles.

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