Allyson Felix becomes most decorated U.S. track and field athlete in Olympic history

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Allyson Felix reacts after winning the gold medal in the women's 4x400m relay final at Tokyo 2020.
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Allyson Felix reacts after winning the gold medal in the women’s 4x400m relay final at Tokyo 2020.



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Allyson Felix became the most decorated U.S. track and field athlete in Olympic history after helping the U.S. team win the women’s 400m sprint relay on Saturday.

It was Felix’s 11th Olympic medal and his seventh gold, surpassing sprint legend Carl Lewis’ 10 medals. She remains a short distance from the all-time track and field record of Paavo Nurmi of Finland with 12 medals.

The US team of Felix, Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad and Athing Mu soared to victory, with Poland taking silver with a national record and Jamaica taking bronze.

The first was a long, long time ago [in Athens 2004] when everything was new, ”Felix told reporters. “And this one, everything is different but in a good way. I’m so glad he was running with these amazing women.

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The United States team celebrates its relay victory at Tokyo 2020.

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The United States team celebrates its relay victory at Tokyo 2020.

Speaking after the race, Mu, 19, told reporters how a role model Felix is ​​for the new generation of American athletes.

“Sure, Allyson is an incredible athlete. I am amazed at everything she does, even coming here to her last Games, ”she said.

“Knowing a little more about her story, knowing that everything is more than athletics for her, is definitely an inspiration.

“It makes us all want to know more about ourselves and have our stories heard. It’s just great to be with her, to start my career. It’s really nice. ”

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