G. Woodruff Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

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Gianna Ursula Woodruff Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Born on November 18, 1993, in Panama, 400-meter hurdler G. Woodruff Washington competes for the Panamanian national team.

She competed for her country in the postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where she set a new South American mark of 54.22 seconds and ultimately placed seventh.

Gianna Ursula Woodruff Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

In 2017, G. Woodruff competed in the World Championships and advanced to the semi-finals.

She was born in Santa Monica, and as a result, she is a citizen of two countries: the United States and Panama. G. Woodruff her sister, is a sprinter.

G. Woodruff Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

On Monday night, former Husky track team star G. Woodruff raced for Panama in the semi-finals of the women’s 400-meter hurdles competition, and set a new record in the process.

G. Woodruff qualified for the finals by improving on her initial mark of 55.49 seconds and placing sixth overall.

Her winning time of 54.22 seconds breaks the previous national record of 54.70 seconds, which she set in Panama.

Leading the pack with a clocking of 53.03 seconds is American Sydney McLaughlin, with defending Olympic champion Dahlilah Muhammad close behind at 53.30 seconds.

G. Woodruff ran in the same heat as USATF superstar Ryan McLaughlin in both the first round and the semifinal race, and he finished second both times.

McLaughlin maintained her lead over G. Woodruff by consistently coming in first by a small margin.

G. Woodruff is the First Husky Alumni in an Olympic Running Event Since 1984

Tonight, G. Woodruff competed in the quickest women’s 400-meter hurdles race in Olympic history.

She is the first Husky alum to compete in an Olympic running event final since 1984. The 2015 Husky grad placed seventh overall as the top two finishers both broke the World Record.

This was the first Olympic Games for the Panamanian athlete. As a UW alumna, G. Woodruff has made her way to the top of her field. She has twice reached the semifinals of the NCAA Championships.

Ever since Canadian sprinter Sterling Hinds won bronze on the 4×100-meter relay at the 1984 Olympics, she has been the only Husky to compete in an individual track event final at the Olympics.

G. Woodruff is the first American to reach the finals of an individual track event since Jim Seymour placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles in Munich in 1972.

Conclusion

In the semi-finals, G. Woodruff ran a personal best of 54.22 seconds, which was fast enough to break the Panamanian National Record.

She was unable to find her groove today, running out of lane nine on the outside, and finished the final in 55.84 seconds, good for seventh place.

Sydney McLaughlin of the United States won gold in a world record-breaking time of 51.46 seconds, and Dalilah Muhammad of the United Kingdom, who trains with G. Woodruff, won silver in a time of 51.58 seconds.

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