Muhammad cruises into 400m hurdle finals in Rio; Stevens to run in 200m final

By Laura Amato

Dalilah Muhammad just keeps rolling.

Or, more specifically, she just keeps jumping.

The Cardozo alum cruised to another win in Rio, placing first in her 400m hurdle semifinal on Tuesday, posting a blistering 53.89 finish.

Muhammad notched the best finish of all runners in the three semifinals at Olympic Stadium. Her closest competitor was Zuzana Hejnová of the Czech Republic, who posted a 54.55 finish.

The former Judges star has been nothing short of dominant since stepping onto the track in Rio and is riding a recent wave of success that dates back to the US Olympic trials earlier this year. Muhammad also won each of her races at the trials in Oregon and heads into her final event in Rio with a fresh boost of confidence and determination.

Muhammad has a day away from the track on Wednesday before her final run on Thursday, looking to clinch a gold medal in her first-ever Olympics.

Muhammad wasn’t the only former Judges track and field star to make her presence known in Rio. Deajah Stevens—who excelled in Oregon earlier this year—placed third in the 200m semifinals, clocking in at 22.38. Stevens will run in the 200m final on Wednesday night, the only American sprinter in the race.

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