Diamond shines for Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Diamond Dixon is always in a hurry. She certainly wasted no time making it to her first Olympics.

"I feel like I proved a lot of people wrong, and I have so much more to prove," she said. "I learned so much at the Games this summer. It's changed the person that I am."

Dixon ran a personal-best time to finish fifth at the Olympic Trials in the 400 meters. That effort landed her a spot on the gold medal-winning 4x400-meter relay team.

The junior took some time to relax after the Olympics. Now she has her sights set on this season. Her goals: break 50 seconds in the 400 meters and set a new collegiate record.

"Now I'm definitely back into it. I'm like, 'Oh yeah. It's time for me to get back into it. Let these girls know who I am.'"

Those girls already know Diamond Dixon. She is the reigning national indoor champion and a gold medalist. Her coach, Stanley Redwine, says his star has a target on her back.

"Every time she races someone, she's going to race them being their best," Redwine said. "That's the same thing it takes in order to be a champion."

Dixon has already proven to be a champion at the collegiate level. However, she feels like she is just scratching the surface of her talent.

"I feel like I can get so much better," she said. "Honestly, I don't even get half the speed work other girls get. I'm just all-natural right now."

Dixon plans to refine that all-natural ability over the next three years. She is already planning for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Dixon hopes to be racing in an individual event or two, in addition to the relay.

"I plan on getting more than just one gold, so I'm looking forward to it," Dixon said. "I keep telling people my name is Diamond Rio because I will be at the next Olympic Games."


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