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Wednesday, 31 July 2013
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN NATASHA MONIQUE HASTING IS AN AMERICAN SPRINT ATHLETE : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY Natasha Monique Hastings born July 23, 1986 is an American sprint athlete of Jamaican and Trinidadian descent.
Hastings began her track career at a very early age and made a first place win at the USATF Junior Olympics in the 400 metres in the Youth Girls division. She attended A. Philip Randolph Campus High School in Harlem, New York, where she was able to take her track and field interest to a more competitive level.
Hastings attended the University of South Carolina to work under Curtis Frye. There, Hastings started to become known as "the 400M Diva” after accidentally describing the ladies track team as the "Gamecock Divas" in honor of the school's mascot, the Gamecock. After coming back from a key injury, 2007 was considered Hastings' breakout year. Hastings went home to New York for the New Balance Collegiate Invitational and won the 400 m race in 51.70, a personal record at the time, and anchored the 4×400m to a win with the fastest collegiate time for the year. Also in 2007, she won the SEC Championships by running a 50.84. Hastings went on to win the NCAA Championship title and her time in the 400 m at 50.15 was the second fastest time ever on the collegiate level and she had successfully competed undefeated all season becoming the Indoor and Outdoor 400 m champion.
In 2008 at the age of 22, Hastings made the USA Olympic Track and Field Team. She won an Olympic Gold Medal in the Women’s 4×400 m relay team by running a 49.87 split at the 2008 Summer Olympics.