Texas A&M’s Athing Mu becomes first American women to win an 800m world championship

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Last night, Texas A&M’s Athing Mu made history at the 2022 World Athletics Championships as she became the first American woman to win an 800m world championship, doing so at just 20-years-old.

Mu entered Sunday night’s final as the top-ranked runner as she recorded the fastest semifinal run of 1:58.12. The top-five semifinal runs were narrowly separated by 0.65 seconds.

In the final, Mu found another gear and came across the finish line with the clock reading 1:56.30 – 0.08 seconds faster than the runner-up from Great Britain, Keely Hodgkinson. Rounding out the top-three was Kenyan, Mary Moraa (1:56.71).

Mu finds herself leaving Oregon with another gold medal as she places her 2022 World Championship next to her 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games 800m gold medal.

Story originally appeared on Aggies Wire