Allyson Felix is on the cloud nine after bagging a gold medal in 200m in the ongoing Olympic 2012. To be true, her win was a surprise of sort for not just others, but her too. Her and other American athlete’s great work also helped America to once again get to the top in the Olympic medal tally, though China was still ahead when it came to gold medals.
A celebrated sprinter who has a team gold medal in Beijing Olympic in the year 2008, had so far not been able to win a gold medal in Olympics. But thankfully she has got one in her third Olympic. The 27 year old Californian girl had earlier got a silver medal in 2004 Olympic. But a gold medal had eluded her so far.
Jamaican sprinters not just rule the men sprinting, among the women too, they hold edge over other nations and the 100m was won by a Jamaican girl.
Allyson Felix has several records to her credit and has been a frontrunner among women sprinters. But mostly female sprinters are eclipsed by their male counterparts who get disproportionate media attention for one reason or the other. Allyson Felix has the distinction of being the youngest ever gold medallist in 200m at the World Championships and went on to repeat her performance in the next World Championship.
After winning the gold the African American sprinter said, “I think the moments that motivated me most was losing on the biggest stage. We talked even today about going back to that…At the time, I said I would trade all those world championship medals for the gold, and now I’m able to just say that I embrace that journey. I embrace the defeats because that’s what has pushed me all these years and makes tonight very, very sweet.”
She was visibly elated by the feat that took twelve years to come. “It has been a long time coming, I have waited to do long for this, so I am overjoyed, there are so many people here tonight, so I am delighted to share it with them”.
There were apprehensions that Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell Brown may once again thwart Felix’s efforts to grab gold. Campbell Brown, the winner of two Olympic gold medals in 200m had beaten Felix in the last two Olympics and was looking to make history by becoming the first woman to win gold in the same event in three consecutive Games. But thankfully for Felix it didn’t happen and she won the race and gold medal too.