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Devynne Charlton, first female Boiler in Olympic final, runs 6th in hurdles

Indianapolis Star logo Indianapolis Star 8/2/2021 David Woods, Indianapolis Star
Juan Carlos Paredes et al. jumping in the air: Devynne Charlton, right, finished sixth in her race Monday at the Tokyo Olympics. She is shown here in a 100-meter hurdles race May 15, 2020, in Irvine California. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports. © Kirby Lee, Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Devynne Charlton, right, finished sixth in her race Monday at the Tokyo Olympics. She is shown here in a 100-meter hurdles race May 15, 2020, in Irvine California. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.

Five years ago, Devynne Charlton was recovering from a back injury and watching the Olympic final of the 100-meter hurdles from the Rio de Janeiro stands with her father.

On Monday morning, she ran in the final in Tokyo.

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn won the gold medal in 12.37 seconds, becoming Puerto Rico’s first gold medalist in track and field. World record-holder Keni Harrison of the United States took silver 12.52.

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It was a redemptive outcome for both.

Camacho-Quinn crashed out of the semifinals in Rio, and Harrison was not there after failure to make the U.S. team. Coincidentally, both were hurdlers at the University of Kentucky, where Charlton is a volunteer coach.

Charlton’s time was 12.74, compared with her Bahamian record of 12.61. She was second in a semifinal Sunday in 12.66.

Camacho-Quinn set an Olympic record of 12.26 in semifinals. Harrison set the world record of 12.20 in 2016, after the U.S. trials.

Without Harrison, Americans swept the medals in Rio. The United States has won a hurdles medal in each of the past six Olympics, the longest such streak in the event.

“Puerto Rico is such a small country, but this will give little kids hope, and I’m glad I’m the person who does that,” said Camacho-Quinn, whose gold was Puerto Rico’s second in any sport.

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She said she grew up in South Carolina to a Puerto Rican mother and Black American father. That made her eligible to represent the U.S. territory in international competition.

Charlton, 25, finished second to Camacho-Quinn at the 2018 NCAA Championships. Until her Olympic debut, Charlton had failed to make finals of the 100 hurdles at the World Championships, world junior and youth meets, and Pan American Games.

The most recent Boiler in an Olympic track final was Larry Burton, who was fourth in the men's 200 meters at Munich in 1972.

Another former Purdue athlete, Chris Huffins won a decathlon bronze medal at Sydney in 2000.

Contact IndyStar reporter David Woods at david.woods@indystar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidWoods007.

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