Megan Tapper celebrates Olympic bronze over 100 meter hurdles. She also dedicates her medal to Austria and says: “Adopt me as a daughter.”
The red-white-red part of the precious metal is not small. Tapper is part of the training group in St. Pölten supervised by Philipp Unfried. “Austria has given me so much, I hope you will adopt me as your daughter, this medal is also for your country,” laughs the 27-year-old after her great moment in Tokyo.
Coach Unfried is “speechless” about the medal. “She ran well in the last competitions before the games and won the Jamaican championships. That made it clear that the goal was for her to get ahead of the game. The fact that she really wins a medal is just really, really cool. “
Unfried hopes that her colleagues in the training group will also benefit from this: “I believe that this can show our young sprinters what is possible. They simply saw which difficulties they sometimes had in training and so on. And that they often too are not that far behind. “
Tapper needed 12.55 seconds in the final over the 100 meter hurdles. Only two athletes were faster. Jasmine Camacho-Quinn from Puerto Rico took gold in 12.37 seconds, US athlete Kendra Harrison silver in 12.52 seconds.