#POCMedalWatch: Delilah Muhammad and Ashton Eaton Race to Gold Glory

By Sameer Rao Aug 19, 2016

We asked yesterday (August 18) if you thought Team USA would make it to 100 medals by this weekend. It turns out the answer is a resounding "yes," thanks to several new medals at the Rio games, including a few from runners of color. Here’s the roundup:

Dalilah Muhammad, Track & Field
Like U.S. Olympic teammate Ibtihaj Muhammad, Delilah Muhammad defied those who question a Muslim’s place in this country with an exceptional athletic performance. She took home a gold medal and became the first American woman to win the Olympic 400m hurdles race.

Ashton Eaton, Track & Field
Eaton won a gold medal in the men’s decathalon, successfully defending his title from the 2012 London games.

Ashley Spencer, Track & Field
Spencer rounded out the women’s 400m hurdles in third, winning the bronze medal.

Those three medals added to Team USA’s present total of 100, as well as #POCMedalWatch’s total of 48.

View the previous #POCMedalWatch winners here, and stay tuned for the final installment on Monday!