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Philly hurdler Nia Ali takes silver in Rio

The U.S. women's team swept the 100m Hurdle Finals, taking bronze, silver and gold medals.
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    (L-R) Bronze medalist Kristi Castlin, gold medalist Brianna Rollins and silver medali|Getty Images

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    L-R) Bronze medalist Kristi Castlin, gold medalist Brianna Rollins and silver medalis|Getty Images

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    Nia Ali of the United States celebrates with the American flag after winning the silv|Getty Images

There's nothing like a hometown hero.

That's how Nia Ali, a Philadelphia native, will return to the city after winning the silver medal at Wednesday's Women's 100 meter Hurdles Final. The U.S. women's team swept the podium, with Kristi Castlin, from Georgia, and Brianna Rollins, of Florida, taking bronze and gold medals, respectively.

Ali, a former West Philly Catholic athlete, clocked at 12.76 in her semifinal heat Tuesday, and finished at 12.59 in the finals last night.

With her mother, Melita Johnson, and son Titus, watching from the stands, Ali and her teammates made history for the United States in its first 1-2-3 sweep in the event.

"She worked hard, she earned it and she deserves it and she made everybody here in Philly proud," Murphy toldNBC10.

Obviously, this is a win for all of Philly.


 

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