Allyson Felix, an American track and field legend, won the bronze medal in her farewell race in the World Championships. The USA finished behind the Dominican Republic, Netherlands and the United States in the 4x400m mixed relay in Eugene on Friday 15 July.
Although the United States had a large gap in the final switchover of the relay, Fiordaliza Cofil, a Dominican anchor, pulled in Kennedy Simon down home to win gold.
Cofil spoke of Simon, saying that they had been working hard to get this moment. “Allyson Felix, a legend, is my pleasure to be there in the final.”
The 36-year old’s World Championships record is the best in competition history. She has won 13 gold, three silver, and three bronze medals. She is the leader of Usain Bold, a Jamaican sprint icon, and Carl Lewis, a fellow American jumper and sprinter, who are both 11-time gold medalists.
Felix is also a record-breaker at the Olympic Games. She was the most decorated American track and fleld athlete in contest history. She is also the most successful female track Olympian. She competed in five consecutive Games, winning seven gold medals and three silvers and one bronze.
She started her career in sprinting as a specialist in 200 meter. She won a silver medal at Athens 2004 and a gold in London 2012. This would be her only Olympic gold.
She was eventually able to expand her range and become a champion in the 400m, winning multiple medals as an individual and as part of the 4x400m relay.
Allyson Felix, track legend, said goodbye to the sport she has dominated. She ran the mixed 4x400m relay at the Oregon22 World Athletics Championships. She had stated earlier this year she would retire after 2022, and the bronze medal was a prize that marked the end of a remarkable career.
Eugene’s victory brings her total lifetime international event wins to 30. She won her 19th world championship medal in mixed gender relay, and she now has 11 medals at the Olympic Games.
Competition begins at Hayward Field on Friday, with all eyes on the 4x400m mixed-gender relay. This could be Allyson Felix’s last world championship race. Felix placed sixth in the 400m at U.S. Championships June and earned a spot in Team USA’s relay pool.
Oregon22 will crown the women’s shot-put world champion. Raven Saunders, Tokyo silver medalist, did not qualify for the event. However, Chase Ealey (Los Alamos (New Mexico) and Maggie Ewen(St. Francis (Minnesota) are two of the U.S. contenders. Ealey placed seventh at 2019 Worlds and holds the record for the best mark (20.51 meters).
China’s Gong Lijiao is the reigning Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion. However, she has been sparingly competing this year. Song Jiayuan from Song Jiayuan should also be considered.