NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – More than a dozen excited family members cheered on Fort Dorchester grad Jasmine Camacho-Quinn from Dog and Duck in Summerville on Sunday as she competed in the 100M hurdles at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Camacho-Quinn won in an explosive race, securing Puerto Rico’s first gold medal for women’s track and field.
Camacho-Quinn opened her run to a gold medal on Friday night with an easy win in the women’s 100m hurdle preliminary run.
She then set an Olympic World Record early Sunday morning finishing her semi-finals run in 12.26 seconds sending her to the finals where she would secure a gold medal.
The Lowcountry native began her track career at Fort Dorchester High School before attending the University of Kentucky where she continued her career.
This is Camacho-Quinn’s second trip to the Olympics representing Puerto Rico, where her mother is originally from.
Camacho-Quinn clipped a hurdle during the semifinals of the 2016 games in Rio De Janeiro and lost her chances at a medal.
Camacho-Quinn’s parents say the setback in Rio made her question whether she would continue to compete before changing coaches and finding her groove in Tokyo.