Name: Akua Obeng-Akrofi
School: Columbia College, 2018
Achievements: 3rd in the 400-meter dash at the 2016 Outdoor Ivy League Championships; 2nd in the 400-meters at the IC4A/ECAC Championships; holder of second-best time in school history in the 400-meters at the NCAA East Preliminary Round this spring, clocking a 53:14.
Olympic Event: 4x100-meter relay. Team Ghana.
Date: Thursday, August 18
Notable Quote: “Akua wasn’t obsessed with becoming an Olympian. She was obsessed with getting better. She just thought: Work hard, stay healthy, keep listening to coach, do the right thing. It wasn’t just luck that she got this opportunity, she made it happen.” — Columbia head coach Dan Ireland