Allyson Michelle Felix is an American sprinter who competes in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 400 meters. She is the 2012 Olympic champion, a 3-time World champion, and 2-time Olympic silver medalist. Felix is the only female track and field athlete to ever win six Olympic gold medals, and is tied with Merlene Ottey as the most decorated female Olympian.
About Allyson Felix in brief
Allyson Michelle Felix is an American sprinter who competes in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 400 meters. She is the 2012 Olympic champion, a 3-time World champion, and 2-time Olympic silver medalist. Felix is the only female track and field athlete to ever win six Olympic gold medals, and is tied with Merlene Ottey as the most decorated female Olympian. Felix’s 200 meters best of 21. 69 secs from 2012 ranks her sixth on the all-time list. In 2013, she broke the world best for the rarely contested 150 meters distance, running 16. 36 secs. In the 4 × 400 metres relay at the 2015 World Championships, she ran the fastest split ever recorded by an American woman, with 47. 72 seconds. Her older brother Wes Felix is also a sprinter and was the USA Junior Champion in 2002 and the Pac-10 champion in 2003 and 2004. Wes now acts as the agent for his sister. Felix describes her running ability as a gift from God, saying, ‘I definitely feel I have this amazing gift that God has blessed me with, and it’s all about using it to the best of my ability’ She is a participant in the US Anti-Doping Agency’s \”Project Believe\” program and is coached by Bobby Kersee. Felix was named in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020. She was born and raised in California, Felix is a devout Christian and the daughter of Paul, an ordained minister and professor of New Testament at The Master’s Seminary in Santa Clarita Valley, California, and Marlean who is an elementary school teacher at Balboa Magnet Elementary.
At the age of 18, Felix finished as the silverist in the 2004 Summer Olympics, behind Veronica Campbell of Jamaica; in doing so she set a world record over 200 meters with her time of 22.11 seconds. Felix became the youngest gold medalist at the World Championships in Helsinki in 2005 and successfully defended her title at two years later in Osaka. She has since graduated with a degree in elementary education. She ran for the University of Southern California, where she went on to earn a master’s degree in math and science. In 2003, she was named the national girls’ \”High School Athlete of the Year\” by Track and Field News. As a senior, she finished second in the 200 m at the US Indoor Track & Field Championships. She won the 200 meters at the 2004 World Junior Championships in Mexico City, the fastest in history for a high school girl ). Felix graduated in 2003, making headlines by forgoing college eligibility to sign a professional contract with Adidas. In 2005, she became a five-time winner at the meet. At Osaka, Felix caught Jamaican Veronica Campbell and surged down the straight to finish in 21. 81 seconds, lowering her own season-leading time by 0. 37 seconds. After the final she stated that she felt so good that she finally managed to run under 22 seconds.