Ten months after giving start to her daughter, Camryn, Allyson Felix broke the file for probably the most gold medals ever received by a single observe and subject athlete in IAAF World Championships historical past. Now, after successful a bronze and gold medal on the Tokyo Olympics – her fifth Olympic look – Felix has made historical past as soon as once more. She is now probably the most embellished Olympian in girls’s observe and subject historical past and surpasses Carl Lewis as Staff USA’s most embellished observe and subject athlete.
In complete, Felix has clinched 11 Olympic medals (seven gold, three silver, one bronze) since making her Olympic debut on the 2004 Summer season Olympics in Athens. There, she medaled second within the 200-meter race. The next Olympic Video games in 2008, Felix took dwelling her first gold within the 4×400-meter relay and the silver within the 200-meter race. On the London 2012 Video games, Felix received three consecutive gold medals within the 200-meter, 4×100-meter, and 4×400-meter. Then on the 2016 Rio Olympics, Felix discovered herself again on the rostrum, securing two gold medals in each the 4×100-meter and 4×400-meter relays and a silver in her particular person race, the 400-meter sprint.
In Tokyo, Felix completed third within the 400-meter sprint to earn her first bronze medal, surpassing Jamaica’s Merlene Ottey to turn out to be probably the most embellished Olympian in girls’s observe and subject. She completed her Olympic marketing campaign with a gold medal within the 4×400-meter relay, edging out Lewis for the all-time American observe and subject file.
Whereas there was all the time the potential for Felix to smash information and make historical past in Tokyo, this yr’s Video games have been much more significant as a result of this was her first Olympics as a mother. “It was actually particular,” Felix instructed NBC in an interview after qualifying for Tokyo. “I shared a second with my very own daughter and clearly she will be able to’t perceive all the pieces that is gone on for the previous couple of years, however I simply can’t wait to share this story along with her – about how she’s been my driving power.”
To explain Felix’s résumé as well-accomplished could be an understatement. At the moment, the runner has 30 medals underneath her belt, 19 of these being world championship medals (14 of these being gold).