Jasmine Camacho-Quinn Wins Gold Medal in 100-Meter Hurdles
By: Tadi Abedje
In the 100-meter hurdles, Camacho-Quinn finished out on top, as she clocked in at 12.37 seconds. She ranked ahead of Kendra Harrison, Megan Tapper, Tobi Amusan, Nadine Visser, Devynne Charlton, Gabrielle Cunningham and Britany Anderson.
As a result of her accomplishment, Camacho-Quinn became the second Olympian representing Puerto Rico to win a gold medal. Tennis player Monica Puig was the first when she won it in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
This was an early birthday present for the track star, as her birthday is on August 21.
“It means a lot. Growing up my momma let it be known, like, this is Puerto Rican blood. She let it be known, like, ‘These are my Puerto Rican babies,’” said an emotional Camacho-Quinn at a press conference. “So to be able to come here and win a gold medal means a lot and I’m really proud of myself.”
Previously in the semifinals, Camacho-Quinn set a personal career high, finishing the race in 12.26 seconds. She had the sixth fastest time according to the all-time athletics website, behind Kendra Harrison, Yordanka Donkova, Ginka Zagorcheva, Ludmila Engquist and Brianna McNeal.
As she mentioned earlier, her mother is from Puerto Rico and her father is an African American from South Carolina. Camacho-Quinn is the younger sister of Chicago Bears linebacker Robert Quinn.
She competed at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil after winning an NCAA title while attending the University of Kentucky, but fell out of the semifinals.
Camacho-Quinn made her country proud with this gold medal achievement.