#POCMedalWatch, our chronicle of medal-winning excellence by U.S. Olympians of color at the Rio games, grows stronger today (August 18) thanks to new medals from a number of Black track and field stars, all but one of whom are women. Let’s get to it:
Brianna Rollins, Track & Field
Rollins won a gold medal in the women’s the 100m hurdle race.
Kerron Clement, Track & Field
Trinidadian-American Clement won a gold medal in the men’s 400m hurdle race.
Tianna Bartoletta, Track & Field
Bartoletta (neé Madison) earned a gold medal in the women’s long jump.
Brittney Reese, Track & Field
Reese won a silver medal in the women’s long jump, finishing behind Bartoletta.
Nia Ali, Track & Field
Ali finished second behind Rollins in the women’s 100m hurdles, taking home a silver medal.
Kristi Castlin, Track & Field
Castlin finished third behind Rollins and Ali, winning a bronze medal in the women’s 100m hurdles.
These six medals add to Team USA’s current total of 94—and #POCMedalWatch’s total of 45.
View the previous #POCMedalWatch winners here, and let us know if you think Team USA can clear 100 medals by week’s end!