Morolake Akinosun

Personal Best: 60m: 7.08s | 100m: 10.95s | 200m: 22.52s

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 2-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.

Most recently, Morolake competed in the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, where she and her teammates secured another gold medal in the 4×100 meter relay.

At only 24, this track star has so much success ahead of her, and she can’t wait to take you on this journey with her.



IAAF World ChampionshipsBirmingham, United Kingdom 03/02/18 TBDDetails
USATF Indoor Championships - 60mAlbuquerque, NM 02/18/18 TBADetails
Millrose Games - 60mNew York, New York 02/03/18 TBADetails
Shanghai Diamond League - 100mShanghai, China 05/13/17 TBDDetails
IAAF World RelaysNassau, Bahamas 04/23/17 TBDDetails
Grenada Invitational - 100mSt. George, Grenada 04/08/17 2nd - 11.17sDetails
The 90th Clyde Littlefield Texas RelaysAustin, Texas 04/01/17 1st - 11.10Details

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