Trenton native wins Olympic gold and family is thrilled
MORRISVILLE, New Jersey. – A New Jersey teenager who wins big at the Tokyo Olympics. Athing Mu, from Trenton, won the gold medal.
She’s the first American to win the women’s 800 meters since 1968. And, of course, her family at home is celebrating.
“It’s all about our Athing! Yeah!” exclaimed Athing’s sister.
A beloved little sister, the fastest runner a family has ever seen, just won an Olympic gold medal.
“It’s a good feeling! It’s amazing! I mean, I’m speechless, honestly. I don’t even know what to say,” her sister added.
Athing Mu, 19, the pride of the tight-knit Mu family, won gold in the Olympic 800 meters in a dominant fashion on Tuesday morning and her euphoric family treated her to a celebratory brunch at IHOP.
Phone calls arrive quickly. Athing’s older brother, Malual, ran for Penn State, the half mile, like his sister, so he knows and is in awe of what she’s done – setting an American record in the process.
“She took it out. She definitely took the edge off the rip. By the time she got to the 400, she was around 57.57 something. So she even split a 155 to win Olympic gold. . That itself – it is incredible in itself! ” Malual exclaimed.
Athing, a graduate of Trenton Central High School, is only 19 and is going faster. Her father, Deng, a boxer in his native South Sudan, now a commercial fisherman, who brought his family to America 20 years ago, sees his daughter’s warrior spirit.
“Because I was a good runner. A good fighter, to box. So, I used to say that I had transferred my power to him,” explained the proud dad, Deng.
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