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Rollins leads historic U.S. sweep in 100 hurdles

USA TODAY Sports’ Dan Wolken breaks down probable highlights from the Rio Games on Aug. 18th.
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RIO DE JANEIRO — It was a powerful image, three American women embraced in victory after their historic clean sweep in the 100-meter hurdles. But the images and words after the race were equally poignant.

Kristi Castlin took the bronze and took a stand.

“I would like to dedicate this medal to victims of gun violence,’’ she said. “Women hurdlers are so strong in the U.S., and we have overcome controversy. We are three strong hurdlers.”

Nia Ali, who earned the silver, had overcome a year away from track to give birth to and care for her 15-month-old son, Titus.

“He won’t remember this, but he will see photos and see that you can do anything you put your mind to,’’ Ali said while holding Titus. “I knew it was going to be hard to medal.”

And then, there was pure emotion from Brianna Rollins, who won the gold.

“Oh my God, it’s a relief,’’ she said. “There has been such a lot of anticipation.’’

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