US Olympic track and field athlete Allyson Felix was .07 seconds behind Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas, ending up with a silver medal at the women’s 400m track and field event. Though disappointed, Felix still sets a record, becoming the most decorated US woman in Olympics track and field.
With her silver medal win, Felix has broken a tie with another women’s track and field great, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, for most medals with seven. Coincidentally, the runner is also coached by Jackie’s husband, Bob Kersee.
In actuality, Felix was the favorite to win the event having qualified with the fastest time for the 400m event. She also owned the lowest personal best, coming in to the Rio Olympics, with a 49.26 time. But in a stroke of bizarre-Olympic-sports-crossovers, Shaunae Miller DOVE across the finish line to finish ahead of Felix.
Rounding out the medal count for the women’s 400m was Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson who clocked in at 49.85. She was followed by team USA runners Natasha Hastings and Phyllis Francis who finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Though the medal was not the gold the 30-year-old runner had been hoping for, she still has quite a list of accomplishments under her belt. She went on her Olympic medal debut in 2004 at Athens, winning a silver medal in the women’s 200m dash. She won another silver in Beijing, four years later and finally landed Olympic gold in 2012 at London. She also has three other Olympic gold medals from the women’s 4x400m relay events at Beijing and London and the women’s 4x100m, also in 2012.
Originally, Felix had also planned on competing in the women’s 200m as well, but an injury prevented her from qualifying.
Though many may still contest that Joyner-Kersee is still the better athlete (having won six medals in individual events), Felix is arguably the one of the greatest and most decorated US woman in Olympics track and field. By Friday night, she can add to her greatness as she competes in the women’s 4x400m relay.
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