US track women celebrate ‘awesome hour’ at Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Tianna Bartoletta has dubbed it the “awesome hour.”

In a span of about 60 minutes Wednesday night, U.S. track and field women hauled in a bevy of medals.

Bartoletta and Brittney Reese went 1-2 in the Olympic long jump, Tori Bowie captured a bronze in the 200 meters and Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin swept the medals in the Olympic 100-meter hurdles — a feat that’s never been accomplished in that event.

The best part, they say, was realizing what their fellow Americans were up to and feeding off that excitement.

The United States entered the Olympic Stadium with 13 medals and left the track with a total of 19 — five gold, seven silver, seven bronze.

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