Felix sets golden record
ALLYSON Felix won a record fifth gold medal as she fired a US quartet to victory in the women’s 4x100m relay on August 19.
Felix, long jump gold medallist Tianna Bartoletta, English Gardner and Tori Bowie, who won 100m silver and 200m bronze in Rio, combined to clock the second-fastest relay time ever run, in 41.01 seconds.
Jamaica finished second in 41.36sec, handing double sprint gold medallist Elaine Thompson a third Olympic medal, with Britain taking bronze in a national record of 41.77.
“It’s really neat sharing with these special ladies. We had fun out there,” said Felix.
Bartoletta, whose two world long jump titles remarkably came 10 years apart with a stint on the US bobsled team sandwiched in between, was left delighted with her double gold.
“I’m extremely happy,” she said. “The journey to this point has been tumultuous. It’s special.”
Jamaica’s Thompson also had no complaints after adding to her double sprint titles.
“It’s been a wonderful experience, my first Olympic Games. Two golds, a silver, I can’t complain,” she said.
Felix’s fifth gold made her the female athlete to have won the most, having previously claimed golds in the sprint relay in London, and as part of the 4x400m relays in 2008 and 2012.
Her sole individual title came in the 200m in the British capital.
Felix also won silver in the 400m earlier in the week, a feat that saw her become the most decorated female Olympian in US track and field history, breaking her tie with Jackie JoynerKersee, with a total of seven medals.
It was also a historic night for Jamaican veteran Campbell-Brown, who became the second athlete to win a medal in athletics at five Olympic Games after Merlene Ottey, her fellow Jamaican who switched allegiance to Slovenia late in her career. –
Allyson Felix celebrates as she crosses the finish line in the 4x100m relay.