Natasha Hastings 

Natasha Hastings 

Augustas Didzgalvis, Wikimedia Commons

The United States won two gold medals in the International Association of Athletics Federations Diamond League Series in Rome, Italy on Thursday. Olympic gold medalist Aries Merritt of Chicago, Ill. won the gold medal in the men's 100 metre hurdles and Olympic gold medalist Natasha Hastings of Brooklyn, N.Y. won the gold medal in the women's 400 metres. 

Merritt posted a winning time of 13.13 seconds. Orlando Ortega of Spain won the silver medal with a time of 13.17 seconds. Authorized neutral athlete Sergey Shubenkov finished in third place with a time of 13.21 seconds. Merritt, who won the gold medal in the men's 100 metre hurdles at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, reached the podium in Rome by 0.11 seconds. Andrew Pozzi of Great Britain finished in fourth place with a time of 13.24 seconds. 

Hastings posted a winning time of 50.52 seconds. Novlene Williams-Mills of Jamaica won the silver medal with a time of 51.04 seconds. Olha Zemlyak of the Ukraine won the bronze medal with a time of 51.08 seconds. Hastings reached the podium by 0.99 seconds over Floria Guei of France. Hastings won the gold medal in the women's 4x400 metre relay at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and again at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Meanwhile, Canada had a gold medal in Rome on Tuesday. Andre De Grasse of Scarborough, Ontario won the gold medal in the men's 200 metres. The victories for Merritt, Hastings and De Grasse will give them confidence as they prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.