RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — A Queens runner took home gold in the women’s 400-meter hurdles competition in Rio Thursday night.
Dalilah Muhammad, a 26-year-old raised in Rochdale Village, was the first American woman to ever win the 400-meter hurdles.
“First time Olympian going home with a gold medal,” Muhammad said on Instagram after her win. “So grateful!!!”
She beat out silver medalist Sara Peterson of Denmark. Muhammad’s teammate Ashley Spencer took the Bronze.
“NYC’s pantheon of heroes just gained a new member,” Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted after her 53.13 second run.
Muhammad, who went to Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, is a state, national and world champ. She clinched an IAAf World Youth title while she was still in high school in 2007 and also took home silver at the 2013 World Championship in Moscow.
She started running as a young girl.