Allyson Felix cements spot in Olympics history at the Tokyo Games, Olympics-Athletics-Simply ‘amazing’ Felix claims record 10th medal. MAYBE ONE MORE ON SATURDAY? WE SAY YES, WE SAY ALLYSON WILL HAVE 11 MEDALS, BREAKS THE GREAT CARL LEWIS RECORD.

Allyson Felix cements spot in Olympics history at the Tokyo Games,  Olympics-Athletics-Simply ‘amazing’ Felix claims record 10th medal. MAYBE ONE MORE ON SATURDAY? WE SAY YES, WE SAY ALLYSON WILL HAVE 11 MEDALS, BREAKS THE GREAT CARL LEWIS RECORD.

The Tokyo Olympics are winding down – literally just a couple days left in Japan – but the competition is far from over.

For starters, Allyson Felix is still the amazing athlete she was before she became a mother. Felix won bronze in the 400-meters, becoming the most-decorated female track and field athlete with 10 career medals. There really is no slowing her down.

Allyson Felix celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the women's 400-meter final at the Tokyo Olympics.
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Allyson Felix wearing a dress: Athletics - Women's 400m - Medal Ceremony
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She may have one more race to go but American Allyson Felix has already clinched an Olympic sendoff worthy of her astonishing career.She won a record 10th Olympic medal on Friday after finishing third in the 400 metres, becoming the most decorated woman in track and field history as she surpassed Merlene Ottey in the all-time Olympic medal table in her final individual Olympic race.“I’ve just tried to be more vulnerable and be more transparent this time around,” the 35-year-old Felix said after the race. “Being an older athlete I think that’s something we don’t see as much. So I have been sharing some of my own struggles.“I think a lot of times I tied my work to what happens at these championships and I didn’t want to do that this time around.”

Widely expected to contend in Saturday’s 4x400m relay final, Felix would break Carl Lewis’ American medal record if she reaches the podium yet again at her fifth and final Games, a prospect Lewis appeared to welcome.

“Congratulations @allysonfelix,” the retired track and field icon wrote on Twitter. “35 never looked so good. What an amazing career and inspiration. Now on to the relay.”

Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas claimed the top of the podium, winning the 400m in 48.36 seconds to retain her Olympic title, but Felix’s achievement perhaps stole the show as she finished in 49.46, her fastest time in the event since 2015.She is only the third track and field athlete to win a medal at five different Games, after starting her Olympic career as a teenager, winning silver in the 200m at Athens 2004.“We can talk about the 10 Olympic medals but I’d rather talk about how this woman has inspired so many people to bet on themselves,” Carmelita Jeter, her team mate on their 2012 gold medal winning 4×100 metre relay team, wrote on Twitter.“She said I’m great and I know it let me show you.”

Tianna Bartoletta, her team mate on both the 2012 and 2016 relay teams, added to the praise.

“I woke up early to witness this. From being afraid of her in high school, to lining up next to her in the Olympics, to running with her on our 4×1 relays,” she wrote on Twitter. “I’m now simply in awe of her. Amazing.”

With six Olympic gold medals and 13 world titles to her name, Felix’s resilience extends far beyond the track: she gave birth to her daughter, Camryn, via an emergency C-section in 2018 after medical complications required the baby to be born at 32 weeks.

She said the “biggest thing” for her this year was not winning more medals but making the comeback at all.

“Sometimes it sounds like a cliche, but it honestly is more than just me running out there,” said Felix.

“Earlier today I looked through some of the videos again of things that we had taped when I was in hospital with Cammie, and on the comeback trail – those really, really hard moments – and that’s what I tried to tap into.”

Allyson Felix

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Felix at the 2016 Rio Olympics
Personal information
Full name Allyson Michelle Felix
Nationality American
Born November 18, 1985 (age 35)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Home town Santa Clarita, California
Education University of Southern California
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Sport
Country United States
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Sprint
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 100 m: 10.89 s (London 2012)
  • 150 m: 16.36 s (Manchester 2013)
  • 200 m: 21.69 s (Eugene 2012)
  • 400 m: 49.26 s (Beijing 2015)
Medal record

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Allyson Michelle Felix OLY (born November 18, 1985) is an American track and field sprinter. From 2003 to 2013, Felix specialized in the 200 meter sprint and gradually shifted to the 400 meter sprint later in her career. Her racing repertoire also spans the 100 meters, 4×100 meter relay, and 4×400 meter relay.[2] At 200 meters, she is the 2012 Olympic champion, a three-time world champion (2005–2009), and two-time Olympic silver medalist (2004 and 2008). At 400 meters, she is the 2015 world champion, 2011 world silver medalist, 2016 Olympic silver medalist, 2017 world bronze medalist and 2020 Olympic bronze medalist.

Felix has won five additional Olympic gold medals as a member of the United States’ women’s relay teams: three at 4 × 400 meters (2008–2016), and two at 4 x 100 meters (2012 and 2016). The 2012 U.S. Olympic 4 x 100 meters team also set the women’s 4×100 meters world-record that still stands. Felix is the only female track and field athlete to ever win six Olympic gold medals, and is the most decorated female Olympian in track and field history, with a total of ten Olympic medals. Felix is also the most decorated athlete, male or female, in World Athletics Championships history with 18 career medals, and also has the most gold medals at 13.

Felix’s 200 meters best of 21.69 secs from 2012 ranks her seventh on the all-time list. In 2013, she broke the world best for the rarely contested 150 meters distance, running 16.36 secs. In the 4 × 400 metres relay at the 2015 World Championships, she ran the fastest split ever recorded by an American woman, and third fastest split ever after Jarmila Kratochvilova and Marita Koch, with 47.72. Felix is also a four time Diamond League winner. She is a participant in the US Anti-Doping Agency‘s “Project Believe” program.[5] She is coached by Bobby Kersee.

Allyson Felix is included in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020.

 

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Early life and family

Allyson Felix was born on November 18, 1985, in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of Paul, an ordained minister and professor of New Testament at The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, California, and Marlean, an elementary school teacher at Balboa Magnet Elementary. Her older brother Wes Felix is also a sprinter. He runs the 200 m, was the USA Junior Champion in 2002 and the Pac-10 champion in 2003 and 2004 while running for USC. Wes now acts as the agent for his sister. Felix describes her running ability as a gift from God, “For me, my faith is the reason I run. I definitely feel I have this amazing gift that God has blessed me with, and it’s all about using it to the best of my ability.”

High school

Allyson Felix attended Los Angeles Baptist High School in North Hills, California, where she was nicknamed “Chicken Legs” by her teammates, because the five-foot-six, 125-pound sprinter’s body had skinny legs despite her strength. Her slightness was seemingly at odds with her speed on the track and strength in the gym as while still in high school, she deadlifted at least 270 pounds. Felix credits much of her early success to her high school sprint coach, Jonathan Patton.

Felix began to discover her athletic talents after she tried out for track in the ninth grade. Just ten weeks after that first tryout, she finished seventh in the 200 m at the CIF California State Meet. In the coming seasons, she became a five-time winner at the meet. In 2001, at the Debrecan World Youth Championships, Felix achieved her first international title in the 100 meters. In 2003, she was named the national girls’ “High School Athlete of the Year” by Track and Field News.  As a senior, Felix finished second in the 200 m at the US Indoor Track & Field Championships. A few months later, in front of 50,000 fans in Mexico City, she ran 22.11 seconds, the fastest in history for a high school girl (though it could not count as a world junior record because there was no drug testing at the meet).

Felix graduated in 2003, making headlines by forgoing college eligibility to sign a professional contract with Adidas. Adidas paid her an undisclosed sum and picked up her college tuition at the University of Southern California She has since graduated with a degree in elementary education.

Achievements

Felix celebrating her victory in Osaka

Allyson Felix is a five-time recipient of the Jesse Owens Award (after 2013, Jackie Joyner-Kersee Award) from USATF, signifying the Athlete of the Year. She won the award for the first time in 2005, and then again in 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2015.[49][50][51] She has received this award more times than any other person.

Personal bests

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
60 meters 7.10 Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States February 12, 2012
100 meters 10.89 London, United Kingdom August 4, 2012
150 meters 16.28 Osaka, Japan August 31, 2007
200 meters 21.69 Eugene, United States June 30, 2012
300 meters 36.33 Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States February 9, 2007
400 meters 49.26 Beijing, China August 27, 2015[52]
  • At the 2012 Summer Olympics Felix ran the second leg of the 4 × 400 m relay in a time of 48.2 seconds.
  • At the 2015 World Championships Felix ran the third leg of the 4 × 400 m relay in a time of 47.72 seconds (2nd fastest ever 4 × 400 m split by any woman and fastest 4 × 400 m split by an American woman)

National titles

International competitions

Representing the
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United States
Year Competition Venue Position Event Time
2001 World Youth Championships Debrecen, Hungary 1st 100 m 11.57
1st Medley relay 2:03.83
2002 World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 5th 200 m 23.48 (wind: -0.2 m/s)
2nd (semis) 4×100 m relay 43.92 [n 1]
2003 Pan American Games Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 3rd 200 m 22.93
1st 4×100 m relay 43.06
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 2nd 200 m 22.18
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 1st 200 m 22.16
2006 World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 1st 200 m 22.11
3rd 100 m 11.07
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 1st 200 m 21.81
1st 4×100 m relay 41.98
1st 4×400 m relay 3:18.55
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 2nd 200 m 21.93
1st 4×400 m relay 3:18.54
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 1st 200 m 22.02
1st 4×400 m relay 3:17.83
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 1st 4×400 m relay 3:27.34
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 3rd 200 m 22.42
2nd 400 m 49.59
1st 4×100 m relay 41.56
1st 4×400 m relay 3:18.09
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 5th 100 m 10.89
1st 200 m 21.88
1st 4×100 m relay 40.82 OR WR
1st 4×400 m relay 3:16.88
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia DNF 200 m Injured
2015 World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 2nd 4×100 m relay 42.32
World Championships Beijing, China 1st 400 m 49.26
2nd 4×100 m relay 41.68
2nd 4×400 m relay 3:19.44
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2nd 400 m 49.51
1st 4×100 m relay 41.01
1st 4×400 m relay 3:19.06
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 3rd 400 m 50.08
1st 4×100 m relay 41.82
1st 4×400 m relay 3:19.02
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 1st 4×400 m mixed relay 3:09.34 WR
1st (semis) 4×400 m relay 3:22.96 [n 1]
2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 3rd 400 m 49.46 MAR
  1. Time from the heats; Felix was replaced in the final.

Golden League wins

  • 2008 (2) – Rome (400 m), Zurich (200 m)

Diamond League wins

  • 2010 (7) – Doha (400 m), Eugene (400 m), Paris (200 m), Stockholm (200 m), London (400 m), Zürich (400 m), Brussels (200 m)
  • 2011 (3) – Doha (400 m), Rome (400 m), New York (200 m)
  • 2012 (2) – Doha (100 m), Eugene (200 m)
  • 2013 (1) – London (200 m)
  • 2014 (3) – Oslo (200 m), Stockholm (200 m), Brussels (200 m)
  • 2015 (2) – Doha (200 m), Lausanne (200 m)
  • 2017 (1) – London (400 m)

Diamond League titles

  • 2010 Overall 200 m Diamond Race Title[53]
  • 2010 Overall 400 m Diamond Race Title[53]
  • 2014 Overall 200 m Diamond Race Title[54]
  • 2015 Overall 200 m Diamond Race Title[55]

Sports diplomacy

Felix after speaking on Capitol Hill in 2019

In November 2014, Felix traveled to Brazil as a Sports Diplomacy Sports Envoy for the U.S. Department of State. In this function, she worked with Josh George to conduct clinics, speeches and other events for 510 youth, many of whom had disabilities or came from marginalized communities. The program was designed to remove barriers and create activities that benefit audiences with and without disabilities, whilst speaking with a young, at-risk public about important life and sports values, such as respect, discipline and overcoming adversity.

Allyson FELIX

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Country
United States
Born
18 NOV 1985
Athlete Code
14309983
Age
35
Honours Summary
6 xOlympic Games Gold medallist
3 xOlympic Games Silver medallist
1 xOlympic Games Bronze medallist
12 xWorld Championships Gold medallist
Current World Ranking Positions
Discipline Place Score
Women’s 400m 20 1248
Women’s 200m 23 1254
Women’s 100m 117 1160
Women’s Overall Ranking 257 1284
Highest World Ranking Positions
Discipline Place Weeks
Women’s 400m 15 12
Women’s 200m 22 1
Women’s 100m 77 1
Women’s Overall Ranking 243 1

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