Who are Athing Mu's family? Parents, nationality and more of women's 800m gold medallist

Joshua Rogers August 3, 2021
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Athing Mu has set a new American record in winning the gold medal in the women’s 800m final. After, people wanted to know about Athing Mu’s family, parents, as well as her ethnicity.

Athing Mu wins Olympic gold in 800m

Athing Mu has won the Olympic gold medal in the women’s 800m with a time of 1:55.21.

The time is a new USA record.

It is the first time an American woman has won the 800m since Madeline Manning in the 1968 Olympics.

“Coming here, I came with a medal mentality,” Mu said. “I came here wanting a medal.”

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Mu also set the world U20 record in the women’s indoor 800m in early 2021 with a time of 1:58.40.

Great Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson took the silver in the Tokyo final with Mu’s fellow Team USA athlete Raevyn Rogers taking bronze.

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What is Athing Mu’s age, nationality and ethnicity?

Athing Mu is a 19-year-old from New Jersey, USA.

Her nationality is American, which is who she represented at the Olympics.

However, Mu’s parents are from Sudan and emigrated to the US when she was younger.

Mu’s family is of South Sudanese heritage.

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The gold medallist comes from a big family

Mu is part of a very big family.

She’s the second youngest of seven children and was the first of her siblings to be born in the US.

Her older brother, Malual, runs track at Penn State University.

Mu’s father reportedly serves as a seafood processor, and works in the Pacific Northwest.

He mother is a worker in a warehouse.

Athing’s parents divorced in 2003.

More on Athing

According to her official Olympics page, Mu listens to Determinate and Turn Up The Music from Disney Channel movie Lemonade Mouth before races.

According to the Team USA official bio, she is a “fan of the TV show Grey’s Anatomy, plays the tenor saxophone, enjoys DIY projects and photography, creates YouTube videos, and wants to own a farm when she gets older!”

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.