After continuous silver medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2004 Athens Olympics in the 200m race, the U.S. sprint athlete Allyson Felix has grabbed her first individual gold at the London Olympics. Felix finished the race in 21.88sec leaving silver medal to the 100m gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica. Bronze medal went to America’s Carmelita Jeter. Fraser-Pryce finished second in 22.09sec, whereas Jeter took 22.14sec to finish the lap.
“Finally! It has been a long time coming,” said the 26-year-old athlete. “I have waited so long for this moment, for so long, and I am just overjoyed. I thought back to the disappointment in Beijing. It has been a long road, I never wanted to give up. It’s been a journey – never easy, but you can’t lose sight of your dream,” said the athlete, who hails from California.
Indeed, it is a great triumph for the three-time World Championships gold medal winner in 200 meter race. It becomes her first individual gold medal in Olympics. Apart from individual silver medals in 2008 and 2004, she was part of the gold winning U.S. 4x400m relay team at the Beijing Olympics. Of course, Felix competed aggressively at the London Olympics to win the 200 meter race challenging the likes of Fraser-Pryce, who took home the gold in women’s 100 meter race.
Felix burst out of the blocks in the 7th line instantly after the gun blew off. She advanced through the curve just behind Shelly Ann Frazier-Price, who looked to win this race at the time. But, getting a slingshot out of the curve, Felix managed to earn a momentum and to overcome the Jamaican in style. She finished the line in a time of 21.88 to take home the gold medal. The athlete had a great smile after winning the medal. It will be a valuable addition to her medal collection, because it is the first individual Olympic gold medal for the contestant.
Felix could run her personal best of 21.69 in the 200m final at the Olympic Trials. It is the third fastest time for an American sprinter and the fourth fastest time for the entire world. Carmelita Jeter and Sanya Richards-Ross finished the trail race at the 2nd and 3rd positions. Earlier, in the 100 meter race, Felix could not do well. She finished the race at the fifth position behind Tianna Madison of the U.S. America’s Carmelita Jeter completed the race second to get the silver medal. Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown took home the bronze medal in women’s 100 meter Olympic race.
Anyway, Felix is almost satisfied with a gold medal in the 200 meter race. She currently has four total medals in the Olympic history. Besides the silver medals in 2008 and 2004, she is one member of the 2008’s gold medal winning 4x400m relay team of the U.S.