Lisa SalvatiAug 5, 2016, 10:43 pm

Mount Vernon woman runs for gold medal at Olympic Games in Rio

Deajuah Stevens, 21, will run in 200 meter race

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A Mount Vernon woman will be running for Olympic gold at the games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"We’re all excited that Deajuah is making history not only for Mount Vernon, but for all girls throughout the nation,” said Mount Vernon mayor Richard Thomas congratulating the mother of Deajuah Stevens.

The 21-year-old track and field star, who attended high schools in Mount Vernon and New Rochelle will be competing in the Olympics where she'll run in the 200 meter race in less than two weeks

"I want to show you guys the Olympic village and say thank you Mount Vernon for being so supportive of me," said Deajuah in a video she sent back home. She wanted to thank two Mount Vernon businesses for helping raise money so that her mother and sister could fly to Brazil and watch her run.

Deajuah’s mother, Lakia Perkins, said she gave her daughter love and encouragement, which propelled her to achieve her dreams. She realized at her daughter's first race that she would make it to the Olympics. But during that race Deajuah, all of a sudden, stopped running due to an injury.

"I said ‘you better keep going, go!’ I knew then because she said ‘okay.’ And she went out there. She was in pain and I knew through all the hard work she was going to get through it," Perkins said.

Ameera Shaban, 12, says, she is proud of her big sister.

“I just learned that you never give up and you always just have to keep going and keep pushing," Ameera said.

Deajuah's mother and sister will be leaving for Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 13th to watch her run on the 15th.

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