Personal Best: 60m: 7.08s | 100m: 10.95s | 200m: 22.44s
Who I Am
Olympic Gold medalist Morolake was born in Lagos, Nigeria, on May 17, 1994. Two years later, her parents, Wale and Foluke Akinosun, and her older sister, Moriyike, migrated to the United States, and live in the Chicagoland area. Morolake’s younger sister, Anjola, was born in the United States.
Morolake graduated from Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois, in 2012. While in high school, Morolake was a 5-time Illinois State Champion and holds the 100 meter dash record for the state with 11.41 seconds. She also was the 2011 AAU National Championship in the 100 and 200 meter dash, and is the 200 meter dash national record holder.
Morolake ran with the Aurora Flyers track club, which is coached and led by Tom Boatright. She credits him with the beginning and most crucial steps of her athletic career.
After high school, Morolake attended the University of Illinois for a year. While there, she was named 2013 University of Illinois Newcomer of the Year and 2013 Big 10 Freshman of the Year. Also in 2013, she was the USA 100 meter Junior Champion.
After a year at University of Illinois, Morolake made the decision to transfer to University of Texas. At Texas, she won 13 Big 12 Conference titles. Her other awards and successes are countless but include a Gold medal for the 4 x 100 meter relay at the Pan-American Games in 2015 in Toronto. She is also 1 of 2 women in history to score in four events at NCAA outdoor meet in back-to-back years. She is also a 4-time 4×400 relay NCAA Champion.
Her running successes allowed her to sign with Nike Athletics after graduating from Texas in 2016, which she shares has always been her dream job.
Morolake competed in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she took home a Gold medal in the 4 x 100 meter relay. In the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, Morolake and her teammates secured another gold medal in the 4×100 meter relay.
In 2018, Morolake ruptured her right achilles causing her to miss the entirety of the 2018 season. After strenuous rehab, she and her teammates earned a bronze medal in the 4×100 relay at the 2019 IAAF World Championships. Morolake also finished 10th in the 100m dash at the 2019 World Championships.
In June 2020, following the killing of George Floyd, Morolake partnered with Emmanuel Acho as a producer on the series “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.” In July 2021, Morolake was nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Short form Non-fiction/Reality Series as a producer for the series.
At 27, this track star has so much success ahead of her, and she can’t wait to take you on this journey with her.
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