If the numbers are any indication, Rochdale’s own Dalilah Muhammad stands poised to have a strong win for Team USA at tonight’s Olympic finals in Rio de Janeiro. Ms. Muhammad, a native New Yorker, recently hurdled her way past the competition at Rio’s 400m semi-finals, running a sharp personal best time of 53.89 against a slew of formidable contenders from around the globe.
Dalilah is no stranger to track and field success. At the age of seven she began practicing at the Novas Track Club based in Rochdale Village where she showed great promise. By 2007, at the age of 17, Dalilah was named the fastest youth hurdler while attending Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens. By 2013, Ms. Dalilah had won a silver medal in Moscow as she represented the United States on behalf of the University of Southern California (USC) in the women’s 400m hurdles at the 14th International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Moscow Russia. A win at the Olympic Finals puts Dalilah Muhammad at the podium of tonight’s award ceremonies.