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Black excellence takes over the 2021 Olympic trials

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The ladies and gentlemen chose Black excellence in every category for the Tokyo Olympics trials. Sha’Carri Richardson, Allyson Felix, Trayvon Bromell, Quanera Hayes, Christina Clemons from Track & Field as well as Simone Biles, Simone Manuel, the men’s NCAA 4×400 Championship relay team, and many more that succeeded to the Tokyo Olympics this past week.

We saw the unapologetic Sha’Carri Richardson excel at what she does best, in the Track and Field category making her one of the fastest women in U.S. sprinting history alongside the iconic Flo Jo.  During the Olympic trials Richardson ran top speed at 10.86 which was one of the Top 10 fastest times in history, and missed Florence Griffith Joyner’s world record by 0.24. 

Allyson Felix has been competing for some time now and now this is her time to shine. This is her fifth time competing for Team USA. Felix finished second with a time of 50.02 seconds in the 400m to clinch her fifth trip to the Summer Olympics.

Felix also endured a lot to get to this year’s Olympics with her pregnancy as well as Nike’s attempt to cut her pay by 70% when she returned to the track, and the company declining to protect her pay, if her post-pregnancy performances were not up to par. Through it all she succeeded and is now joining the many others in their Tokyo Olympics journey.  

The North Carolina A&T State University made history at the NCAA Track and Field Championships landing them a spot in the Tokyo Olympics. Akeem Sirleaf, Trevor Stewart, Daniel Stokes, and Randolph Ross ran the 4×400-meter relay. Sophomore Randolph Ross Jr finished with a 44.74 time and senior Trevor Stewart finished with a 44.90, where graduate student Akeem Sirleaf and junior Daniel Stokes will run for Liberia and Mexico.

The 24-year-old swimmer Simone Manuel also secured her spot with a major comeback for the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo by winning the 50-meter freestyle by -0.01 seconds. Manuel was previously diagnosed with overtraining syndrome back in March while experiencing symptoms that could have hindered her performance through trails. She fought a huge battle and ultimately made herself and the U.S. proud. 

The Olympics will begin Friday, July 23rd where we will see all of this phenomenal individuals compete.