Olympics: If African-American Women were a Nation, They’d be in 6th Place
African-American women earned gold medals in 15 events (including participation in team sports) at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. If they had been a nation, they would have been in sixth place. This despite with a population of about 19.6 million, they would be only the 67th most populous nation in the world.
Here is the honor roll of 2016 African-American women Olympic champions:
Tianna Bartoletta: Long Jump, 4x100-Meter Relay
Michelle Carter: Shot Put
Dalilah Muhammad: 400-Meter Hurdles
Brianna Rollins: 100-Meter Hurdles
Allyson Felix: 4x100-Meter Relay; 4x400-Meter Relay
English Gardner: 4x100-Meter Relay
Tori Bowie: 4x100-Meter Relay
Morolake Akinosun: 4x100-Meter Relay
Courtney Okolo: 4x400-Meter Relay
Natasha Hastings: 4x400-Meter Relay
Phyllis Francis: 4x400-Meter Relay
Taylor Ellis-Watson: 4x400-Meter Relay
Francena McCorory: 4x400-Meter Relay
Claressa Shields: Middleweight Boxing
Simone Manuel: 100-Meter Freestyle; 4x100-Meter Medley Relay
Simone Biles: Gymnastics Individual All-Around; Floor Exercise, Vault; Gymnastics Team
Gabby Douglas: Gymnastics Team
Ashleigh Johnson: Water Polo
Seimone Augustus: Basketball
Maya Moore: Basketball
Angel McCoughtry: Basketball
Tamika Catchings: Basketball
Sylvia Fowles: Basketball
Tina Charles: Basketball
Brittney Griner: Basketball
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