Clemson, S.C. – Former Clemson track & field student-athlete, Natoya Goule, captured the gold medal on Wednesday night at the 2019 Pan-American Games in the women’s 800-meter run held in Lima, Peru. Goule ran a commanding race, leading the field through 400 meters in 1:00.10 and crossing the line first overall in a time of 2:01.26. Goule had a margin of victory just under fourth-tenths of a second over her closest competitor.
Congratulations to Natoya Goule Gold medal 2019 Pan American Games pic.twitter.com/48ev4gf0Fh— Mark Elliott (@MarkEll51648550) August 7, 2019
Congratulations to Natoya Goule Gold medal 2019 Pan American Games pic.twitter.com/48ev4gf0Fh
— Mark Elliott (@MarkEll51648550) August 7, 2019
Entering in the event, Goule ranked fourth in the world in the 800 meters after running a phenomenal time of 1:57.90 at the Monaco Diamond League event this past July. Prior to her run in Monaco, Goule won her seventh straight 800-meter national title in June. This string of elite performance at the national level is rivaled by few others in the rich history of Jamaican track and field.
Excellence against high level competition is something which Goule is very familiar with, as she captured a National Championship in the 800 meters while representing Clemson at the NCAA DI Indoor Championships meet in 2015. During her time competing for Clemson at the NCAA level, Goule amassed three All-American honors, all in 2015, and is regarded as one of the greats in the history of the program.
The Pan-American games brings together the premier talent in sport from countries represented by the North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean regions. Goule, a native of Clarendon, Jamaica, has represented Jamaica on the international stage since her immersion as an elite athlete on the junior level.