The American track star takes first place in the 200 meter race
After being denied twice from her biggest dream of being the fastest woman in the world, America’s Allyson Felix won the Olympic gold medal for the 200 meter race Wednesday night. Finishing the race in 21.88 seconds, Allyson Felix beat Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce by .21 seconds.
“I think it was all for a reason,” Allyson Felix said. “It kept me motivated and it made this moment very special. It was a big weight being lifted.”
Allyson Felix started a little behind Fraser-Pryce; however, when she hugged the line around the curve, the 5-foot-6, rock solid track star shot ahead of Fraser-Pryce with 40 meters to go.
‘‘We are always aware of what the medal count is,’’ said Jason Richardson, who finished second in the hurdles as part of a seven-medal day at the track for the United States. ‘‘I know track and field can … let the world know the Americans are the best track and field country.”
Although this gold medal is a huge accomplishment for Allyson Felix, she is not new to the business. This gold adds to the collection of medals including two individual silvers and one 4×400 relay gold in the 2008 Olympics.
‘‘Bobby told me just to go out and get it,’’ Felix said. ‘‘I knew if I ran my race, it would come together.’’
Even with her outstanding performance in this year’s Olympics, Allyson Felix is already excited about the 2016 summer Olympics.