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Courtney Okolo (born March 15, 1994) is an American track and field sprinter who competes in the 400 metres. She starred at Carrollton (Texas) Newman Smith High School where she won multiple individual state championships.

Courtney Okolo
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Personal information
NationalityAmerican
Born (1994-03-15) March 15, 1994 (age 25)
Dallas, United States
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight130 lb (59 kg)
Sport
CountryUnited States
SportTrack and field
Event(s)400 metres

In college, she ran for the Texas Longhorns.[1] She was fourth in the 400 m at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships, and then the following year she completed an individual and relay double at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships. She set a collegiate record in the 400 m that year when winning the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in 50.03 seconds.[2] In April 2016, she broke her own collegiate record, running 49.71 seconds at the LSU Alumni Gold Meet. Okolo won consecutive titles in the women's 400 m and 4 × 400 m relay at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships. In 2016 Okolo won 400m and 4 x 400m relay titles in both the Indoor and 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships. After the season ended, she was awarded the Bowerman Award.[3]

Internationally she won both individual and relay events for the United States at the 2013 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships and the 2015 NACAC Championships in Athletics. More gold came in the 4 × 400 m relay at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships[4] and 2016 Olympic Games.[5]

Personal recordsEdit

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2013 Pan American Junior Championships Medellin, Colombia 1st 400 m 52.19
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:36.48
2015 NACAC Championships San José, Costa Rica 1st 400 m 51.57
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:25.39
2016 World Indoor Championships Portland, United States 1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:26.38
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:19.06
2017 DécaNation Angers, France 1st 200 m 23.41
1st 400 m 51.96
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 1st 400 m 50.55
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:23.85
NACAC Championships Toronto, Canada 4th 400 m 52.21
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:26.08
2019 World Relays Yokohama, Japan 2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:27.65
Pan American Games Lima, Peru 3rd 400 m 51.22
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:26.46
World Championships Doha, Qatar 1st (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:22.96

National titlesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Texas sprinter Courtney Okolo honored by USTFCCCA". Hookem.com. February 9, 2016. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  2. ^ "Courtney Okolo, Texas Sophomore, Sets New NCAA 400 Record of 50.03 at Big 12 Meet". LetsRun.com. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  3. ^ "Courtney Okolo Wins The Bowerman Award ::: The Bowerman: The Nation's Top Award for Collegiate Track & Field Athletes". The Bowerman. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  4. ^ "American women's 4x400 team wins gold at 2016 World Indoor Championships". OregonLive.com. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  5. ^ |Olympic Games

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