TOKYO — Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico gained the ladies’s 100-meter hurdles on Monday morning, beating Kendra Harrison of america, the world-record holder.
Camacho-Quinn, a College of Kentucky graduate, was the favourite coming in on the energy of an ideal season and an Olympic document of 12.26 seconds within the semifinal. However Harrison had the expertise and had gotten the perfect of her of their conferences over time.
Camacho-Quinn broke quick, then powered away after midway to win comfortably in 12.37 seconds. Harrison was second in 12.52, three-hundredths of a second forward of Megan Tapper of Jamaica.
It was solely the second Olympic gold medal for Puerto Rico, following Monica Puig’s win in ladies’s tennis on the 2016 Video games. It was Puerto Rico’s first gold in monitor and its second medal within the sport, after a bronze within the males’s 400 hurdles for Javier Culson in 2012.
“I’m fairly positive everyone is worked up” in Puerto Rico, Camacho-Quinn mentioned. “For such a small nation, it offers little folks hope. I’m simply glad I’m the particular person to do this.”
Camacho-Quinn had hit a hurdle and didn’t qualify from the semifinals of this occasion in 2016. Her brother, Robert Quinn, is a linebacker for the Chicago Bears.
Harrison had been a medal favourite in 2016 however didn’t qualify on the Olympic trials that July, earlier than setting the world document at 12.20 later that month. “I missed out in 2016, so to come back right here and get a medal for my nation, I couldn’t be happier,” she mentioned Monday.