The United States women had a fantastic showing on Sunday in the final of the 400m, taking home the gold and the bronze. Sanya Richards-Ross overtook the rest of the field with less than 100 meters to go and captured the first track and field gold medal for Team USA at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Richards-Ross, who is married to Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Aaron Ross, edged out Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain with a time of 49.55 seconds. Fellow U.S. runner DeeDee Trotter was leading before being overtaken in the home stretch, finished in third place to give the United States another medal to add to their total.
Richards-Ross shed tears of joy after the win. The Associated Press captured her thoughts after the race.
"The run was phenomenal," Richards-Ross said. "It's very, very challenging to get on the Olympic stage and give your best performance, to balance your emotions and physical. It's a huge weight off my shoulders. I kept telling myself, `You are the champ. You are the champ.' To go out there and actually accomplish it is really fantastic."
This is the first individual Olympic gold medal for Richards-Ross.
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