Remainder of my AJC Work

Here is the link to the remainder of my work at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Please visit and read some of my best work that I had a chance to experience from May 2016-July 2016.

The links are as follows..

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Sandi Morris Continues Team USA’s Strong Pole Vault Tradition, Wins Silver

RIO DE JANEIRO – In her Olympic debut, Sandi Morris won a silver medal in women’s pole vault at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

“I told myself that if I could get any medal today, I would be extremely happy,” Morris said. “I am so happy and blessed as it is so hard to make it to this position. To come away with a silver medal is absolutely phenomenal.”

Morris impressed throughout the event and nearly took home the gold medal. In the last jump at 4.90 meters, Morris nearly cleared the bar. However, a small misstep in her technique caused the bar to fall.

She tied with Greece’s Ekaterini Stefanidi at 4.85 meters. When Morris and Stefanidi each missed three attempts at 4.90 meters, Stefanidi was awarded the gold medal based on fewer misses throughout the competition.

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Quest For Six Continues: U.S. Women’s Basketball Team Headed To Gold-Medal Game

RIO DE JANEIRO— The U.S. women’s basketball team is approaching uncharted waters in pursuit of its sixth consecutive gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The team moved one step closer on Thursday night by defeating France, 86-67, to advance to the gold-medal match. It was the U.S. women’s 48th consecutive win at the Olympics.

“It has been tough and it hasn’t been an easy road,” Angel McCoughtry said. “It is going to mean a lot as we are ready for the gold-medal game. We got to be serious and really get this (the gold medal).”

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Atlantan Christian Coleman helps U.S. win 4×100 heat

RIO DE JANEIRO — As a child, U.S. Olympian Christian Coleman dreamed of sharing a track with U.S. track stars Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay. On Thursday, he got his chance — running the 4×100 meter relay preliminary heat with Gay.

“It is an experience of a lifetime,” Coleman said. “It is the highest stage you can get as a track athlete and to be here at such a young age, I am extremely blessed.”

Coleman ran the second leg of the heat. He kept the team on pace for a season-best mark of 37.65 seconds. The U.S. qualified in first place for the finals.

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Tori Bowie Pulls Off Successful Double, Takes Bronze In 200-Meter

RIO DE JANEIRO — Tori Bowie raced into the history books by winning a bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and accomplished a dream years in the making.

“My goal was to finish the best that I could,” Bowie said. “I am leaving with another medal and I now have two.”

Her time was 22.15 seconds. The bronze medal is Bowie’s second at the Rio Olympics. She won a silver medal after running the women’s 100-meter in 10.83 seconds.

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Jenny Simpson Is First American Woman To Medal In Olympic 1,500-Meter

RIO DE JANEIRO — It only took one pep talk for Jenny Simpson to make history by winning the first-ever Olympic medal by a U.S. woman in the 1,500-meter.

“My coaches gave me a mantra coming into this race,” Simpson said. “Their mantra was to position the first two laps and the last two (laps), be a predator.”

The advice carried Simpson to a bronze medal. Despite a slow start, she surged to the front of the field of 12. A strong 300-meter rally was the difference, as Simpson crossed the finish line in four minutes, 10.53 seconds.

Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon of Kenya won the gold medal with a time of 4:08.92. World record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia finished second in 4:10.27.

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2008 Olympic Champion LaShawn Merritt Returns To 400-Meter Podium, Earns Bronze

RIO DE JANEIRO — LaShawn Merritt won a bronze medal in the men’s 400-meter at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and set a season-best time in the process.

“It was a great race and I knew it was going to be a fast one,” Merritt said. “I didn’t think it was going to be 43 seconds fast, but we got our medals.”

Merritt ran 43.85 seconds and was in contention throughout the race. He had a strong start but couldn’t maintain the record-setting pace of South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk.

The South African’s time of 43.03 seconds broke the world record of 43.18 that was set by Michael Johnson in 1999.

“He has been running well and it just came down to who wanted it today,” Merritt said of van Niekerk. “He was the one today.”

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Sandy Creek’s Taylor seeks Olympic mark (and second gold)

RIO DE JANEIRO–U.S. triple jumper Christian Taylor won a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics, but at the Rio Games he has his eyes on more than just a second gold medal.

Taylor, who attended Sandy Creek High School in Fayette County, aims to break the 21-year-old record of 18.29 meters set by Great Britain’s Jonathan Edwards. His best jump is 0.08 meters from the record and ranks second all-time.

“It took a special guy to do it and the reason I am here today is because I believe I can do it as well,” Taylor said. “That is what drives me every day. A medal will be great but I think if I come out with a world record, then it is a win-win.”

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Brady Ellison Secures Team USA’s First Individual Archery Medal In 16 Years

RIO DE JANEIRO — After U.S. archer Brady Ellison shot his final arrow Friday at the Sambodromo, he screamed and hugged his coach, Kisik Lee. By securing his first individual medal, a bronze, at the Rio 2016 Olympics, he had accomplished a dream 20 years in the making.

“I’ve medaled at everything now,” said Ellison, who also has won Olympic team medals, world championship and Pan American Games individual medals, and World Cup Final titles. “I have an individual Olympic medal — and we haven’t had one in a long time.”

Ellison is the first U.S. archer to win an individual medal since Vic Wunderle won silver at the Sydney 2000 Games. Ellison also won team silver earlier this week and at the London 2012 Games.

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Judoka Travis Stevens Wins Team USA’s First-Ever Olympic Medal In His Weight Class

RIO DE JANEIRO — U.S. men’s judoka Travis Stevens won a historic silver medal Tuesday at Carioca Arena 2 at Barra Olympic Park, one year after not knowing if he would ever compete again.

“It’s hard not to break down in tears after everything that I have been through in life,” Stevens said. “To be able to put it to the grindstone and have my team behind me to this point means more than the world to me.”

Despite losing to Russian gold medalist Khasan Khalmurzaevby ippon (100-point takedown) in Tuesday’s gold-medal match, Stevens’ Olympic result was something to celebrate. He became the first U.S. men’s judo silver medalist in the 81 kg. division after nearly losing his leg last year at the world championships.

“None of the doctors could figure it out,” he said. “We made weight and we fought and came back to the States to find out that if I had made it back a day later, they would’ve have to cut my leg off.”

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