TRENTON’S ATHING MU WINS OLYMPIC 800 GOLD, SHATTERS U.S. RECORD

Trenton’s 19-year-old Athing Mu on Tuesday became the first New Jersey woman in history to win an Olympic track and field individual gold medal when she ran away from the field to win the 800 in Tokyo.

Mu ran 1:55.21, breaking the American record of 1:55.61 set by another New Jersey half-miler – Neptune graduate Ajee Wilson, who ran 1:55.61 in Monaco in 2017.

Official results are here.

Mu became the first U.S. woman to win the Olympic 800 in more than half a century. Madeline Manning set the Olympic record of 2:00.92 in Mexico City in 1968.

Mu, a 2019 Trenton High School graduate, moved to the front at the start and stayed up front throughout the race. She started to gap the field on the final turn and won by four meters over another 19-year-old, England’s Keely Hodgkinson, who was second with a national-record 1:55.88. Another American, Raevyn Rogers, won the bronze medal with a PR of 1:56.81.  

Mu’s previous PR was 1:56.07 in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene. Her 1:55.21 is No. 11 all-time and the 3rd-fastest time by anybody in the world over the last 25 years.

Her time is No. 5 in Olympic history and fastest since Pamela Jelimo of Kenya ran 1:54.87 to win the 2008 gold medal in Beijing.

Her time is No. 5 in Olympic history and fastest since Pamela Jelimo of Kenya ran 1:54.87 to win the 2008 gold medal in Beijing. 

She came through 400 in 57.9 and 600 in 1:27.2 before running her final 200 in 28.0. Race analysis with complete 100-meter splits is here.

Full video of the race doesn’t seem to be available yet, but here’s a pretty good highlight video of the race: https://www.nbcolympics.com/videos/teen-phenom-athing-mu-wins-800m-gold-breaks-american-record

Here’s a look at the top 20 times in world history. It should update soon.

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