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Courtney Okolo’s double gold at World Indoors earns her USATF Athlete of the Week


Courtney Okolo (Carrollton, Texas) was a double gold medalist at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England, to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.


Okolo ran the fourth-fastest time in U.S. indoor history to take gold in the 400m in 50.55, and she anchored Team USATF’s 4x400m relay to victory in an American record 3:23.85 with a 50.18 leg. The relay squad won by more than two seconds and missed the world record by less than a half-second.

Other notable performances from the World Indoors:


Christian Coleman — Coleman won the 60m with a Championships record of 6.37, equaling the second-fastest time ever run.

Will Claye — Claye captured the triple jump gold in Birmingham with a 17.43m/57-2.25 effort in the fourth round.

Sandi Morris — Morris outlasted the field in the women’s pole vault at Birmingham to win with an indoor PR 4.95m/16-2.75.

Kendra Harrison — Harrison tied the American record of 7.70 in winning the 60m hurdles at Birmingham.


Now in its 17th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.


2018 Winners: January 4, Brian Herron; January 11, Katelyn Tuohy; January 18, Molly Huddle; January 25, Christian Coleman; February 1, Sonja Friend-Uhl; February 8, Emily Infeld; February 15, Kendra Harrison; February 22, Christian Coleman; March 1, Sydney McLaughlin; March 8, Courtney Okolo.


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