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Aug. 20, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Natasha Hastings capped an incredible week of competition at the 2016 Olympics games just how she started her Olympic career back in 2008 – wearing gold around her neck. The former Gamecock ran the second leg on Team USA’s 4×400-meter relay Saturday night, and helped the quartet cruise to a convincing win.

With her performance, Hastings becomes the first Gamecock to ever win two gold medals. The program now boasts 14 total medals from alumni and former staff members, dating back to the 2000 games in Athens, Greece. Hastings very nearly had another medal earlier in the week, but came fourth in the individual 400m race. Joining her on the 4x400m team tonight were Courtney Okolo, Phyllis Francis and Allyson Felix, the team ran 3:19.06 to beat out Jamaica (3:20.34) and Great Britain (3:25.88). The United States now has won gold in the mile relay at the last six summer Olympics.

4x400m Relay (Final)
1. Okolo, Hastings, Francis, Felix (Team USA) 3:19.06