Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin go 1-2-3 for the first sweep in the event. - From USA TODAY
Log Out (L-R) Kristi Castlin, Brianna Rollins, and Nia Ali (USA) celebrate after winning medals during the women's 100m hurdles final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.(Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel, USA TODAY Sports) Brianna Rollins, who had been the best throughout the heats, took the lead early and stayed in front, winning in 12.48 seconds on Wednesday night at Olympic Stadium.
Castlin needed a rally in the final stages and a lean at the line — plus the agonizing seconds before the final results appeared — to secure the bronze medal, .02 ahead of Cindy Ofili of Great Britain.
It’s the first sweep of this event in Olympic history (the 100 hurdles was added to the women's program in 1972), and it comes one day after the U.S.
The team was so strong, it didn’t even include the world leader, Kendra Harrison, who finished sixth in the final at the U.S.
The trio looked calm and composed throughout the competition, but Rollins let slip after the race that there was at least some burden of expectation: "Oh my God, it's a relief.