Philadelphia hurdler Nia Ali made history in Rio with team mates Brianna Rollins and Kristi Castlin. For the first time, the U.S. Women's 100M hurdlers swept the event, taking the Gold, Silver and Bronze.
hurdled from Philadelphia's AAU club track team, the Mallery Challengers all the way to Rio where she captured the silver medal in the women's 100M hurdles Wednesday, August 17, 2016.
For the first time in Olympic history, the U.S. women took Gold, Silver and Bronze in the event.
[L-R] Kristi Castlin, Brianna Rollins and Nia Ali were all competing for the first time in The Olympics.
[L-R] Bronze medalist Kristi Castlin, gold medalist Brianna Rollins and silver medalist Nia Ali celebrating with American flags.
Nia, 27, pushed past the personal hurdles of her father's murder-suicide in 2009 and time off for the pregnancy and birth of her son, Titus Maximus. Both times she came back stronger and more determined.
Wearing a bright red "Team USA" shirt, Titus took a victory lap with his mother.
Titus, who is 15 months old, was born in May 2015. Both parents are Olympians. His father, Michael Tinsley, took silver in the 2012 400M hurdles.
"She was just a special, blessed athlete. . .she worked hard, she earned it, she deserves it," said Nia's
childhood coach Daryl Murphy.
"I don't look too far in the future or dwell too much in the past. Things will always fall into place the way they are supposed to fall into place." You can read more about her rise to Rio in this post .