*Team USA scored an historic clean sweep in the women’s 100-meter hurdles on Wednesday to win gold, silver and bronze, but it was silver medalist Nia Ali’s 15-month-old son, Titus, who ran away with our hearts.
After Ali’s 12.59 second finish, the little one teetered onto the track and into his mama’s arms, then posed for pics with her clean sweep teammates Brianna Rollins, who won with a time of 12.48 seconds, and Kristi Castlin, who took third at 12.61 seconds.
“He won’t remember this, but he will see photos and see that you can do anything you put your mind to. I knew it was going to be hard to medal,” Ali said as she held Titus after the race.
Titus was front and center when the champions draped themselves in American flags after the win.
According to the Olympic historian Bill Mallon, there had been 61 such American track and field 1-2-3’s in prior editions of the modern Games, dating to 1904 (in events such as the 200-meter hurdles, which back then was a thing). The most recent U.S. 1-2-3’s: the 400 and 400 hurdles at the Beijing 2008 Games.
All 61 were in men’s events.
Wednesday night thus made for the first medals sweep for American track and field women.
“What? Oh, my goodness!” Ali said when told of the historical significance.
— Andrew Mulligan (@Andrew_Mulligan) August 18, 2016