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She’s been through quite a lot over the past four or five years.

Health issues almost certainly contributed to the bronze medal in Beijing. Richards-Ross spent five years fighting an autoimmune disease called Behcet’s syndrome, but after a visit to a different doctor, she thinks she’s been misdiagnosed.

Fighting her illness — which causes fatigue, sores around her mouth and splochy skin — with a new treatment, the five-time U.S. champion arrived in London feeling as good as she has in years.

It showed in this race — the warm-up act for the men’s 100-meter final won by Usain Bolt. Shortly after Bolt’s celebration was over, Richards-Ross had the stage again for her medals ceremony. The U.S. national anthem played and Richards-Ross closed her eyes and sang the lyrics. Sweet music for a victory she’s been seeking for four years.

“She worked so hard,” Aaron Ross said. “All the emotions going through her mind, my mind, her family’s mind, everybody that’s seen the struggles. It just a great moment right now.”

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AP Sports Writer Mark Long contributed to this report.