TOKYO – Kobe Bryant coined the term “Mamba Mentality.” In track and field, “Medal Mentality” seems like more of an appropriate term. It’s a phrase Athing Mu said she thought of at the Tokyo Olympics. Following her performance in the women’s 800 meters, she might want to get it trademarked.
The 19-year-old prodigy led for the entire race and won in 1:55.21 to set an American record.
“Coming here, I came with a medal mentality,” Mu said. “I came here wanting a medal.”
Keely Hodgkinson of Great Britain ran in 1:55.88 to place second, and American Raevyn Rogers rounded out the top three, finishing in 1:56.81.
Yet, the race was never in doubt.
On the biggest stage of her track career, Mu was cool and calm during two laps around