Allyson Felix Breaks Olympic history
U.S.A. Track and Field star Allyson Felix now has the most Olympic medals ever for a female
track athlete, after winning a new bronze medal on Friday in the 400 meters at the Tokyo
Olympics. This is Felix's fifth Olympics and her tenth medal. She first competed in Athens 2004
and has won a medal in every summer game since then.
This one is very different and it's very special. And it just took a lot to get here," Felix said after
the race.Felix's time Friday of 49.46 is the second-fastest of her career, according to USA Track and Field. The medal she won on Friday means Felix now exceeds the record set by Jamaican
athlete Merlene Ottey. Felix's new medal also means Felix is even with the record set by former
U.S.A. Track and Field star Carl Lewis for the most Olympic medals won by a U.S. track athlete.
Lewis congratulated her in a post on Twitter saying "35 never looked so good,". "What an amazing career and inspiration."
"I think people thought I was a long shot for me to even be on the U.S. team. And then, you
know, I wasn't a pick for the medals. But, you know, just give me a shot," Felix said with a smile.
Felix came in third place, a place that usually leaves her spirit down but this time was different.
Felix won her medal, then collapsed on the ground, smiling wide this time for third place, a
result that put her alone in the record book