August 8, 2021

Allyson Felix makes Olympic history with 11th medal

Anthony Tilghman

On Friday, August 6th, Allyson Michelle Felix set a record by being the most decorated female athlete at the Tokyo Olympics.

On Friday, August 6th, Allyson Michelle Felix set a record by being the most decorated female athlete at the Tokyo Olympics.

After she finished third in the 400-meter sprint, after Mariledy Paulino of the Dominican Republic, who won silver, and Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas, who won the gold medal, her medals total to 10 in a race where she was the underdog being placed in Lane 9 and having come out of a C-section.

By winning the bronze medal, the 35-year old surpassed the record previously set by Jamaica’s Merlene Ottey.

Merlene Ottey, until then, had the title of the most decorated track and field Olympian athlete with nine medals. Her win also means that she has tied with Carl Lewis as the most decorated American athlete in track and field.

As of now, Allyson has six golds, three silvers, and one bronze.

Allyson is a veteran on the track and has competed in several races. She started in 2003 in the 200-meter sprint-something she specialized in until 2013.

After that, she transitioned to the 400-meter sprint. Her track career spans beyond that as she also participates in the 100 meters, 4x 100-meter, and the 4×400-meter relay. 

Her win on Friday is her second-fastest time. Second to her running time in the Rio Olympics of 2016, she won silver after Shaunae Miller-Uibo.

Despite wearing many hats, such as mother, activist and entrepreneur, she has remained to be a remarkable athlete.

Saturday August 7th, Allyson Felix wins gold in the 4-x-400-meter relay—her 11th career medal —giving her more medals than any American in track and field history.

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