Hastings began her track career at a very early age and made a first place win at the USATF Junior Olympics in the 400 metres in the Youth Girls division. She attended A. Philip Randolph Campus High School in Harlem, New York, where she was able to take her track and field interest to a more competitive level.
Hastings attended the University of South Carolina to work under Curtis Frye. There, Hastings started to become known as "the 400M Diva" after accidentally describing the ladies track team as the "Gamecock Divas" in honor of the school's mascot, the Gamecock. After coming back from a key injury, 2007 was considered Hastings' breakout year. Hastings went home to New York for the New Balance Collegiate Invitational and won the 400 m race in 51.70, a personal record at the time, and anchored the 4Ã400m to a win with the fastest collegiate time for the year. Also in 2007, she won the SEC Championships by running a 50.84. Hastings went on to win the NCAA Championship title and her time in the 400 m at 50.15 was the second fastest time ever on the collegiate level and she had successfully competed undefeated all season becoming the Indoor and Outdoor 400 m champion.
In 2008 at the age of 22, Hastings made the USA Olympic Track and Field Team. She won an Olympic Gold Medal in the Women's 4Ã400 m relay team by running a 49.87 split at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
In 2011, Natasha Hastings made yet another comeback. She maintained a successful Indoor Track & Field season. She won first place in the 400 m race at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships running one of the world-leading times in the 400 m at 50.83. As she embarks on the 2011 Outdoor Track & Field season, she continues to set world-leading times in not only the 400M but the 200M race as well. She has also set world-leading times in the 4x400 m and 4x200M relay races.
She won a gold medal for the USA Women's 4x400m relay race at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea and she is currently preparing for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. Hastings currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and trains in Columbia, South Carolina.
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