Felix sets golden record

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

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. –

Photo: AFP

Allyson Felix cel­e­brates as she crosses the fin­ish line in the 4x100m re­lay.

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