First Sweep in Olympic History Full of Black Girl Magic

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First Sweep in Olympic History Full of Black Girl Magic

There have been several awesome moments during the 2016 Olympics. For instance, Simone Biles racked up four gold medals while Simone Manuel became the first African American woman to win an individual gold in swimming. Also, Michael Phelps added to his insane medal collection and teamed up with Ryan Lochte to win a coveted team relay race. Moreover, Usain Bolt once again proved he is the fastest man in the world. Bolt’s spectacular performance has not been the only amazing moment on the track. The first sweep in Olympic history is full of black girl magic!

First Sweep in Olympic History Full of Black Girl Magic

Brianna Rollins from the United States celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 100-meter hurdles final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

AP Photo/Matt Dunham

What is black girl magic? This occurs when a woman of color achieves a great accomplishment that in turn can build confidence and inspire other black girls. It’s like when a fairy sprinkles pixie dust and the recipient can suddenly do something insanely cool. As success is achieved and talked about it is sprinkled upon as well as spread to the masses showing dreams do come true.

Magic was definitely witnessed as the first sweep in Olympic history in 100m hurdles took place. Americans Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin all leaped their way to the finish line during the talent loaded race. Rollins, Ali and Castlin showed poise, determination and of course speed.

Before the start, the feeling was tense as the athletes readied themselves for the race. Pacing and stretching instantly became second nature to all. Announcer Ato Boldon then boldly declared numerous times that the Americans had absolutely no chance at sweeping the medals. Boldon may not have believed in the ladies capabilities, however they were about to silence his ignorance.

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First Sweep in Olympic History – The Moment

Bang! All eight hurdlers took off in pursuit of Olympic glory. Besides, the three Americans the race included: Phylicia George of Canada, the Bahamas Pedrya Seymour, Cindy Roleder of Germany as well as Cindy Ofili and Tiffany Porter of Great Britain.

At first, it looked as though only one American would medal but at the half way point things began to change. Suddenly, Ali and Castlin turned on the jets to push ahead of the competition. Brianna and Nia came across the finish line undisputed as the gold and silver medal winners. Then the wait was on… would they sweep?

After some time the results poured in and the outcome was revealed. It was an American sweep! Moreover, it was the first sweep in Olympic history ever and a true demonstration of girl power. Congratulations to Brianna Rollins (gold), Nia Ali (silver) and Kristi Castlin (bronze) on their entertaining and historic win!

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2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Final - Women's 100m Hurdles Final - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 17/08/2016. Gold medallist Brianna Rollins (USA) of USA (C), silver medallist Nia Ali (USA) of USA (R) and bronze medallist Kristi Castlin (USA) of USA (L) hold up the U.S. flag. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson