Kerron Clement struck gold in the 400-meter hurdles on Thursday at Olympic Stadium.
Clement finished in a season-best 47.63 seconds, just ahead of a fast-closing Boniface Mucheru Tumuti of Kenya, 0.05 behind, and Turkey’s Cuban-born Yasmani Copello, the European champion, in 47.92.
Clement, 30, is a two-time world champion and the silver medalist from Beijing in 2008, but this is his first individual gold at the Olympics.
“I came out here with one mindset and that was to execute my race plan and trust my fitness and just believe in myself,” Clement said “I knew the last 100 meters would be tough and those guys would be coming the last 50.”
And they were.
Clement’s lead withered throughout the final stages as Tumuti sprinted hard after the final hurdle.
“I felt the lactate in my legs, and I thought about diving like the Bahamas runner (Shaunae Miller in the 400), but I dug down deeper to get that win and my first individual gold medal,” Clement said.
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SOURCE: USA Today