A U.S. Cyclist Attained Sure She Won Gold, Then Collapsed To The Ground

At some point during the women’s cycling road individual period trial at the Rio Olympicson Wednesday morning, Kristin Armstrong’s nose started to bleed.

The U.S. cyclist had won the race at the Beijinggamesin 2008 and at the Londongamesin 2012, then took a three-year breach to deal with multiple hip surgeries. She was fighting, and Russia’s Olga Zabelinskaya — fresh off an 18 -month suspension for testing positive for banned substances — was close behind her.

Armstrong, who turns 43 on Thursday, was going to have to give everything she had to win.

When she finally passed the finish line, she still wasn’t sure what had happened. “Did I win? ” she asked people around her. She had with a period of 44: 26.42, Armstrong had beaten her closest challenger by six seconds and become the first American girl to claim gold three times in the same event.

And then, Armstrong fell to the ground.

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Once medical professionals devoted Armstrong the all clear, the exhausted, tearful mother was able to hug her 5-year-old son, Lucas.

AAron Ontiveroz via Getty Images Kristin Armstrong hugs her 5-year-old son after winningthe gold medal in the women’s cycling road individual time trial at Rio 2016 on Wednesday.

“It’s a historical moment in athletic for women in the Summer Games, for the U.S ., ” Armstrong said afterward, according to Idaho’s KTVB.com. “That last 5K, I knew it was close, and my coach-and-four behind me said,’ you better decide what color medal you want today.’”

It’s amazing, ” she added. “I don’t know if it has hit me yet.”

Bryn Lennon via Getty Images Kristin Armstrong proves her medal to her son, Lucas, after the medal rite.

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