After becoming the first KU track and field athlete to win a gold medal since 1968, Diamond Dixon received a warm welcome home Sunday from family and friends at Kansas City International Airport.
Dixon was part of the gold-medal winning United States team that won the 1,600-meter relay on Saturday at the London Olympics. The U.S. women ran the fifth-fastest time ever, finishing in 3 minutes, 16.87 seconds.
Although Dixon and Keshia Baker didn’t run Saturday, they got medals as part of the semifinal team. Allyson Felix and Richards-Ross took their spots Saturday. Dixon received her medal on Monday.
Dixon became the eighth KU track and field gold medalist and first since Al Oerter won the discus at the 1968 Mexico City Games.