Allyson Felix, America’s Most Decorated Track & Field Athlete, Immersed in ‘Full Circle’ Moment Before Retiring

Allyson Felix of the United States, the most successful female athlete in Olympic history, claims bronze in her final event in the 4×400 relay at the World Championships in Oregon.

Veteran sprinter Felix’s 10th and final world championships served as a “full circle” moment for the most decorated woman on the track, as it brought down the curtain on one of the most dazzling careers in athletics.

The 11-time Olympic medalist announced her plans to retire a year ago and leaves the sport as the undisputed queen of American athletics, with 18 world medals by the age of 36.

He received a hero sendoff from the local crowd in Eugene, Oregon.

“It’s a complete circle to be able to come here and finish at home. It’s going to be very, very special,” he said before the final race.

“I’m going to miss him so much, but I can’t think of a better way to leave than just with a heart full of gratitude and really thankful for all the people who have supported me.”

Felix won his first Olympic medal in Athens at just 18 years old.(Getty Images: Andy Lyons)

The 36-year-old athlete rocked the Olympic scene when she collected her first medal, a silver in the 200 meters, at just 18 years old at the 2004 Athens Games. She continued her run in Tokyo last year, where she took bronze in the 400 meters. meters and gold in the women’s 4×400 meter relay.

“It’s been an incredible journey,” he told reporters. “I love this sport so much. It’s broken my heart so many times, but I’ve also had a lot of really happy times.”

The USA relay team celebrates winning the women's 4x100m relay final in world record time.
(L-R) Felix, Carmelita Jeter, Bianca Knight and Tianna Madison won the women’s 4x100m relay final in a world record time of 40.82 at the 2012 London Olympics.(Reuters: Lucy Nicholson)

Many of Felix’s American teammates grew up admiring her, and 21-year-old heptathlete Anna Hall told reporters that she had the Felix poster in her bedroom.

“The way you carried yourself throughout your career has really set a great example for the rest of the girls in America to follow,” said Hall, the college champion, who appeared alongside Felix at a USATF news conference. .


His final campaign saw him train with a group of young relays, for whom his wealth of knowledge and experience could pay dividends.

“We’ve been having a really fun time,” Felix said. “I can just talk to people and share.”

A street race in his hometown of Los Angeles is scheduled for next month to celebrate the end of his career.

But when it takes one final lap of the track at Hayward Field in Oregon, an era will end.

“And it’s the last race for me, so I’m going to drop everything.”

The World Championships in Athletics will take place from July 15 to 24.


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