Last week, Cha’iel Johnson, 12, daughter of Chad Johnson (the former NFL receiver known as Ochocinco), won her third consecutive gold medal at the AAU Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships, winning the 800-meter by two seconds. In 2015 she won the 400-meter and in 2016 she won the 800-meter race.
She is the nation’s top-ranked 800-meter runner in her age group and her gold-medal performance was run in 2:13.72. Her previous time was 2:16.35.
Cory Mull of Milesplit.com reported that Johnson “was just 0.43 seconds away from setting a new AAU national record in the race.”
“I have a lot of heart,” Johnson told Mull in an interview. “I do my races with my heart. I just know I can win it and stuff like that. I do it for my parents, my coaches, my sisters and my brothers and my whole team.”
You can watch the full interview with Milesplit.com here.