What do you call an Aggie in the women's 800 meter at the Summer Olympics?

You call her a champion and a record setter, that's what!

19-year-old Athing Mu, a Texas A&M freshman who set NCAA records running track for the university, became the first American woman to earn a gold medal in the women's 800 since 1968.

Yahoo! Sports reports that Mu is only the second American woman to win the event, and that's she now has the best time ever recorded for an American in the event. Her 1:55.21 time is the fifth-best in Olympics history.



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She wasn't the only American to dominate in the race. Raevyn Rogers, who was born in Houston, earned a bronze medal in the race with a time of 1:56.81. The silver went to a Brit by the name of Keely Hodgkinson, who put up a time of 1:55.88 - a record for the UK.

It's always great to see an American medal at the games, but doesn't always feel a little extra special when they have ties to Texas?

It's also crazy to stop and think about how young so many of these Olympians are. Mu is only 19, and she's already accomplished something so phenomenal and made her nation proud. She's only a teenager, but she's sure to be an icon and role model for an entire generation of young women now. That's just awesome!

Mu is a New Jersey native, and KYW-TV reported on her family, friends, and coaches back home reacting to her victory. Their excitement is palpable and even has me hyped.

Way to go, Athing Mu! America is so proud of you.

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