Courtney Okolo

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Courtney Okolo

nation United StatesUnited States United States
birthday 15th March 1994 (age 26)
place of birth Dallas , USA
size 173 cm
Weight 58 kg
discipline sprint
Best performance 49.71 s ( 400 m )
22.93 s ( 400 m )
status active
Medal table
Olympic games 1 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
World championships 1 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
Indoor World Cup 3 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
Pan American Games 1 × gold 0 × silver 1 × bronze
World Relays 0 × gold 1 × silver 0 × bronze
Olympic rings Olympic games
gold Rio de Janeiro 2016 4 × 400 m
IAAF logo World championships
gold Doha 2019 4 × 400 m mixed
IAAF logo Indoor world championships
gold Portland 2016 4 × 400 m
gold Birmingham 2018 400 m
gold Birmingham 2018 4 × 400 m
Pan American Games logo Pan American Games
bronze Lima 2019 400 m
gold Lima 2019 4 × 400 m
IAAF logo IAAF World Relays
silver 2019 Yokohama 4 × 400 m
last change: October 11, 2019

Courtney Okolo (born March 15, 1994 in Dallas , Texas ) is an American athlete who specializes in the 400-meter run .

Athletic career

Okolo celebrated his first successes as a runner in high school at some state championships. She competed here for Carrollton Newman Smith High School .

In college she started for the Texas Longhorns . In 2013, she finished fourth at the NCAA National Open Air Championships. In the next year she was able to win the double (400 meters singles and relay). At the end of the year she set a new NCAA record over 400 meters with a time of 50.03 s at the Big12 event. She broke this record two years in April 2016 at the LSU Alumni Gold Meet in a time of 49.71 s. In 2015 she won both the relay and the individual race over 400 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships. In the following year she was even able to win all 4 competitions (both indoor and outdoor) at the NCAA championships.

In 2016 she made it into the 400 meter final at the US championships for the first time. With a sixth place in 50.39 s, she was denied a nomination for the 400-meter distance at the 2016 Olympic Games , but she became part of the 4-by-400-meter relay. With this she was able to celebrate her greatest international success to date in Rio de Janeiro , winning relay Olympic gold with Natasha Hastings , Phyllis Francis and Allyson Felix .

At the US Open Air Championships in 2017, she reached the final over the 400-meter course, but was only eighth there and could not qualify for the relay competition at the World Championships in London . With two second places in competitions in Paris and London - including a season best of 50.23 s - she secured a starting place in the final of the Diamond League . At this meeting in Brussels she was third with 50.91 s.

Okolo (center) at the 2018 US Championships

In 2018, a year without a clear international climax due to the lack of world championships or Olympic Games, she started - after a successful indoor season with winning the US indoor championships and double gold at the indoor world championships in Birmingham over 400 meters and with the relay - at numerous Diamond League meetings . After she had not managed to run under 51 seconds in Eugene , Oslo or Stockholm , she was fourth at the US Championships with a season best of 50.65 s. This was followed by further back places in Diamond League races in Paris and Lausanne . Only with a third place in 50.93 s in London did she qualify for the Diamond League final in Brussels . There she took seventh place with 52.18 s.

In 2019, she finished fourth over 400 meters at the US championships with 50.86 s, just like in the previous year, and thus narrowly missed the qualification for a single start at the world championships . At the Pan American Games in Lima , she won the bronze medal over 400 meters with 51.22 s and gold with the 4 x 400 meter relay.

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. Texas sprinter Courtney Okolo honored by USTFCCCA . February 9, 2016. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  2. ^ Courtney Okolo, Texas Sophomore, Sets New NCAA 400 Record Of 3/50 At Big 12 Meet . Retrieved March 20, 2016.