RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20: (L-R) Natasha Hastings, Phyllis Francis, Allyson Felix and Courtney Okolo of the United States react after winning gold in the Women's 4 x 400 meter Relay on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


Longhorns in the Olympics: Day 15 – Okolo wins gold in 1,600 meter relay

Posted August 20th, 2016

Story highlights
  • Allyson Felix sets Olympic record with sixth gold medal in women's track
  • Team USA wins sixth straight 1,600 meter relay Olympic title

Texas ex Courtney Okolo helped Allyson Felix win her record-setting sixth gold medal as Team USA won gold in the 1,600 meter relay Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro.

Okolo ran the opening leg and gave the Americans an early lead against a hard-charging Jamaican team. Natasha Hastings maintained the lead and Phyllis Francis held a slight edge when she passed the baton to Felix.

Felix ran the anchor leg and crossed the finish line in 3 minutes 19.06 seconds to secure Team USA’s sixth-straight 1,600 meter relay Olympic title.


Jamaica won silver at 3:20.34 and Great Britain took the bronze medal at 3:25.88. Longhorn Chrisann Gordon will receive a silver medal for competing in the 1,600 relay prelims.

Felix’s six gold medals in women’s track is an Olympic record.

Women’s volleyball: Texas ex Rachael Adams had eight kills and a team-high five blocks as Team USA took home the bronze medal with a four-set victory over the Netherlands 25-23, 25-27, 25-22, 25-19 Saturday. The Americans have medaled in three straight Olympics.

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