Sanya Richards-Ross Wins Gold In Women's 400m, DeeDee Trotter Grabs Bronze

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Sanya Richards-Ross of the United States celebrates winning gold in the Women's 400m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Sanya Richards-Ross was golden in the 400m, earning her first individual Olympic gold medal and Team USA's first gold at the track and field events in London.

Sanya Richards-Ross, one of the stars of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field team, lived up to her massive potential and captured the gold medal in the finals of the 400m dash. Richards-Ross stormed ahead of the field after letting her competitors ahead of her for the first 250 meters or so. It was the first individual gold medal for Richards-Ross and Team USA's first track gold medal of the 2012 London Olympics.

Richards-Ross, who won bronze in the 400 at Beijing, beat the defending Olympic champ, Great Britain's Christine Ohuruogu, 49.55 to 49.70. American DeeDee Trotter, who was leading with less than 100 meters to go before Richards-Ross and Ohuruogu overtook her, finished with the bronze medal.

Richards-Ross was joined after the race by her husband Aaron Ross, a cornerback for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who was allowed to skip a part of training camp to cheer on his wife.

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