LONDON: Allyson Felix ran the sixth-fastest women’s 200m ever clocked, the fastest in the world for 14 years, and promptly put the impressive achiev-ement into sobering perspective.
“It’s extremely special,” she said. “But the job is not done. It’s all about London.” For the American sprinter, the Olympics represent a chance to finally claim an elusive individual gold medal after taking 200m silver at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.
“It’s all about the 200 and whatever puts me in the best position to go for a gold medal in the 200,” Felix said. Reigning 200 world champion Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica won the 2004 and 2008 Olympic 200m titles, but runner-up efforts have not left Felix bitter.
“I still love the Olympics,” she said. “The way it has worked out I’ve just been flat outrun at the Olympics. It still excites me. It’s still my dream to get it done and I think it’s very possible.”
Felix surged to victory in the 200 final at the US Olympic track and field trials in 21.69 seconds, leaving a world-class field racing for second as she set a personal best with a flying start and a fantastic finish.