Track Beauty of the Week: Allyson Felix
November 19, 2011
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Allyson Felix is this week’s track beauty!
The great American sprinter shares the same birthday as yours truly – November 18, 1985. Her impressive sporting achievements notwithstanding, Felix is an apt choice for this week’s track beauty.
A victorious Felix at the 2007 Osaka World Championships (Photo from Wikipedia)
At the relatively young age 26, Felix had amassed a formidable array of medals. Since 2004, the American had won a total of two Olympic silver medals (200m dash – Athens, Beijing) and an Olympic gold (4x100m relay – Beijing). Her record in the World Championships is even more astounding, with her 8 gold medals since the 2005 Helsinki World Championships. As a bonus, she also added a gold medal in the indoor 4x400m relay (Doha 2010).
It was only at the 2011 Daegu World Championships where Felix fell short – by her standards, at least – succumbing to marquee performances by compatriot Carmelita Jeter, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Amantle Montsho. Nevertheless, Felix remained undaunted as she strives for the difficult 200m-400m dash double, on top of her duties in both relays.
Going through Felix’s stat sheet, one immediately notices her versatility as a sprinter. She has personal bests of 10.93s, 21.81s and 49.59s in the 100m, 200m and 400m dashes, respectively. If there’s anyone who could pull off a four-gold medal athletics romp in London 2012, Felix is certainly on top of the short list.
Happy birthday, Allyson Felix!