Natasha Hastings

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Natasha Hastings
Natasha Hastings by Augustas Didzgalvis (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1986-07-23) July 23, 1986 (age 29)
Brooklyn, New York
Residence Locust Grove, Georgia
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg)
Sport
Sport Running
Event(s) 100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres
College team University of South Carolina
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

100 m: 11.24 s (Walnut, CA 2013)
200 m: 22.61 s (Gainesville 2007)

400 m: 49.84 s (Indianapolis 2007)

Natasha Monique Hastings (born July 23, 1986) is an American sprint athlete of Jamaican and Trinidadian descent.[1]

Career[edit]

Hastings began her track career at a very early age and made a first place win at the USATF Junior Olympics in the 400 metres in the Youth Girls division.[1] She attended A. Philip Randolph Campus High School in Harlem, New York,[2] where she was able to take her track and field interest to a more competitive level.

Hastings attended the University of South Carolina to work under Curtis Frye.[3] There, Hastings started to become known as "the 400M Diva” after accidentally describing the ladies track team as the "Gamecock Divas" in honor of the school's mascot,[4] the Gamecock. After coming back from a key injury, 2007 was considered Hastings' breakout year. Hastings went home to New York for the New Balance Collegiate Invitational and won the 400 m race in 51.70, a personal record at the time, and anchored the 4×400m to a win with the fastest collegiate time for the year. Also in 2007, she won the SEC Championships by running a 50.84. Hastings went on to win the NCAA Championship title and her time in the 400 m at 50.15 was the second fastest time ever on the collegiate level and she had successfully competed undefeated all season becoming the Indoor and Outdoor 400 m champion.[5]

In 2008 at the age of 22, Hastings made the USA Olympic Track and Field Team.[6] She won an Olympic Gold Medal in the Women’s 4×400 m relay team by running a 49.97 split in heat two at the 2008 Summer Olympics, where the United States won their heat in 3:22.45 with the team of Mary Wineberg, Monique Henderson, Hastings, and Sanya Richards-Ross. Hastings was replaced in the final by Allyson Felix as the U.S. won gold in 3:18.54. Athletes who run in the heats for medal-winning teams are awarded a medal.

In 2013, Hastings made the USA World Moscow Track and Field Team. She won the USATF 400 meters outdoor title in 49.94 on 22 June 2013.[7]

She is the cousin of Trinidadian and Tobagonian former footballer Shaka Hislop.[8]

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