Olympics: If African-American Women were a Nation, They’d be in 6th Place

Monday, August 22, 2016
Women's 4x100-Meter Relay Winners (photo: Elijah Wallechinsky)

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

David Wallechinsky


International Society of Olympic Historians


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