Dalilah Muhammad

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Dalilah Muhammad
Dalilah Muhammad, dos Estados Unidos, vence os 400m com barreiras nos Jogos Rio 2016.jpg
Muhammad at Rio 2016
Personal information
Born (1990-02-07) February 7, 1990 (age 28)
New York, New York
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight55 kg (121 lb)
Country United States
SportTrack and field
Event(s)400m hurdles

Dalilah Muhammad (born February 7, 1990) is an American track and field athlete who specializes in the 400 meter hurdles. She has a personal record of 52.64 seconds set at the USATF 2017 national championship meet held at Sacramento State University. She was the 2013 and 2016 American national champion.[1] At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she won gold in the 400 meter hurdles.[2]

Muhammad was the 400 m hurdles gold medalist at the 2007 World Youth Championships in Athletics in 57.25 and silver medalist at the 2009 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in 58.42. Collegiately, she ran for the USC Trojans, for whom she was a four-time All-American at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Early life[edit]

Dalilah Muhammad was born February 7, 1990 in Jamaica, Queens, in New York City, to parents Nadirah and Askia Muhammad of a Muslim family.[3]

Athletic career[edit]

High school and college track[edit]

Dalilah Muhammad competed in various track and field events at high school, including the hurdles, sprints and high jump. While at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, she won 2008 New York State and Nike Outdoor Nationals titles in the 400 m hurdles.[4] During that period, she also gained her first international experience. At the 2007 World Youth Championships in Athletics, she took the 400 m hurdles gold medal.[5] Muhammad earned 2007 Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year for New York State.[6]

In 2008, she enrolled at the University of Southern California on a sports scholarship, majoring in business. Joining the USC Trojans track team, she competed extensively in her first season. At the Pacific-10 Conference meet, she was runner-up in the 400 m hurdles, fourth in the 4×400 meter relay, and also set a personal record of 13.79 seconds as a finalist in the 100 meter hurdles.[7] The NCAA Outdoor Championship saw her set a 400 m hurdles best of 56.49 seconds and finish in third place in the final. She won the national junior title that year and was the silver medallist at the 2009 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships.[8] In her second year at USC, she was a runner-up at the Pac-10 championships, but narrowly missed out on the NCAA final. The 2011 outdoor season saw her repeat her Pac-10 second place and a personal record of 56.04 seconds in the NCAA semi-finals led to a sixth-place finish in the 400 m hurdles final.[4]

In 2012, she set personal records in the sprint hurdles events, running 8.23 seconds for the 60 meter hurdles and 13.33 seconds for the 100 m hurdles. She ranked fifth in the latter event at the Pac-12 meet, where she placed third in the 400 m hurdles. She was again an NCAA finalist in her speciality, coming fifth, and she also participated in the heats at the 2012 United States Olympic Trials.[7] She ended her career as a USC Trojan athlete as the school's third fastest ever 400 m hurdler and a four-time NCAA All-American.[4]


After graduating from college, Muhammad chose to compete professionally in the 400 m hurdles. She began to improve her personal record early on in the 2013 season with bests of 55.97 then 54.94 seconds in California. On her IAAF Diamond League debut, she placed fourth at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix with a time of 54.74 seconds. She knocked another eight hundredths off to win at the Memorial Primo Nebiolo in Italy, then placed in the top three at the Bislett Games in Norway with a run of 54.33 seconds.

At the 2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, she improved her personal record by half a second with a run of 53.83 in the final to win her first national title in the 400 m hurdles.[9] Muhammad has represented Nike since 2013.[10] At the 2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Muhammad earned a spot in the 400 m hurdles but did not start.[11] At the 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Muhammad placed 7th in 57.31.[12] At the 2016 United States Olympic Trials, Muhammad won the 400 meter hurdles in 52.88. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she won gold in the 400 meter hurdles. She defended her title at the 2017 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, winning in a personal best time of 52.64.

USA National Championships[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
2007 2007 USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships Benedictine University 2nd 400 m 55.84
2009 USA Junior Track and Field Championships Eugene, Oregon 1st 400 m hurdles 57.32[13]
2012 US Olympic Trials Eugene, Oregon 20th 400 m hurdles 58.46[14]
2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Des Moines, Iowa 1st 400 m hurdles 53.83[15]
2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Eugene, Oregon 11th 400 m hurdles 57.33[12]
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st 400 m hurdles 53.13

Personal bests[edit]

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