Over the weekend, while the rest of us were contemplating a trip to the pumpkin patch or binge watching Netflix with a bag of Halloween candy, Simone Biles, Coco Gauff, and Brigid Kosgei were all making history in their respective sports—gymnastics, tennis, and running.
Young women out in the world breaking records and making history is always something to celebrate, so let’s break down exactly how these three are changing the world of sports.
Biles breaking records is certainly nothing new—she’s been doing it pretty much every day she competed over the past week at the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. On Sunday (October 13), she won gold medals in the individual floor and balance beam competitions bringing her Worlds career medal total to 25. That means she is now officially the G.O.A.T. becoming the most decorated gymnast—male or female—in history.
Of her 25 medals, Biles said: “It’s older than my age, so I’m pretty thrilled with it,” Per NPR
Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old tennis star, was last seen by most of us in an emotional moment at the U.S. Open when she lost to Naomi Osaka. But now, she’s celebrating a her first professional title at a WTA tournament in Austria. The win makes her the youngest player to accomplish such a feat in 15 years—and she’s only just getting started.
While Biles and Gauff were killing it this weekend, a third Black woman was also making sports history. Kosgei won the Chicago Marathon for the second year in a row and totally shattered a world record in the process. She finished the 26.2 mile race in just 2 hours, 14 minutes and 4 seconds—81 seconds faster than the women’s world marathon record set 16 years ago by Paula Radcliffe.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m suddenly feeling the need to hit the gym.
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