Athing Mu wins nearly 800m gold as Team USA clinches 33 medals at World Championships

Gold medalist Athing Mu of Team United States celebrates after the women’s 800m final at the 18th edition of the IAAF World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, U.S. on July 24, 2022.

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Athing Mu became the first American to win the 800-meter dash at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday, adding to America’s record-breaking medal tally.

The 20-year-old runner beat Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson to win gold for Team USA. Mu covered the distance in 1min 56.30s – the world’s fastest time this year – with Hodgkinson just behind her in 1’56.38 after a late attack on the finish line.

Mus’ teammate Raevyn Rogers, the 2020 Olympic bronze medalist, was sixth in 1:58.26, while his compatriot Ajeé Wilson was eighth in 2:00.19.

Athing Mu of Team United States competes in the women's 800m final during day ten of the Oregon22 IAAF World Championships at Hayward Field July 24, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.

Athing Mu of Team United States competes in the women’s 800m final during day ten of the Oregon22 IAAF World Championships at Hayward Field July 24, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.

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“At the end of the race, man, I was just glad it was over,” said Muper The Washington Post. “Today was a pretty tough day for me. I was just happy that I made it to the finish line and finished the race. Thank god I won gold.”

Mu admitted she struggled during the race, telling the publication she’s “just not where I’d like to be physically physically. I just didn’t feel good.”

Hodgkinson, who won silver and Mu’s gold at last year’s Tokyo Olympics, knew it would be close competition between the two again.

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Gold medalist Athing Mu of Team United States poses during the medal ceremony for the women's 800m on day ten of the Oregon22 IAAF World Championships at Hayward Field on July 24, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.

Gold medalist Athing Mu of Team United States poses during the medal ceremony for the women’s 800m on day ten of the Oregon22 IAAF World Championships at Hayward Field on July 24, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.

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“I knew it was going to come down to the wire,” Hodgkinson said, according to the publication. “I just have to find that extra 1 percent, right?”

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Last year in Tokyo, Mu took home two gold medals and set a new US record in the 800m with a time of 1:55.21. She also ran the anchor leg of the 4×400 relay with Sydney McLaughlin, Allyson Felix and Dalilah Muhammad.

“It’s crazy because Tokyo wasn’t even a year ago,” she said, per The Washington Post. “This whole year and a half has gone by so quickly for me and I’ve gone through so many adjustments. … It was a complete change of everything. It means a lot to me because I know what I’ve been through all year.”

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Mu’s victory was part of America’s outstanding performance at World Championships. According to the team’s official website, Team USA won 33 medals, including 13 gold medals.

No other country took home more than four gold medals at the event, or a total of 10 medals.

Sprinter Noah Lyles, who set a new American record on Thursday when he won the men’s 200m, continued to celebrate Team USA’s big week Twitterand wrote: “NO ONE ON THE CORNER GOT PULLED LIKE US!”

Along with the big victories of Lyles and Mu, Felix won a 20th career world championships medal and 14th gold when she competed in the women’s 4 x 400m heats on Saturday, while McLaughlin smashed her own 400m hurdles record on Friday night .

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