Allyson Felix’s golden performance caps off record-setting world championships
LONDON - Allyson Felix earned a second gold medal Sunday and highlighted the overwhelming performance of the United States at the 10-day world championships.
In doing so, Felix made sure she became the most decorated athlete in the history of the event - and that includes Usain Bolt.
Felix won gold in the 1,600-meter relay a day after winning the same color medal in the 400 relay. She also earned a bronze medal in the 400 to give her 16 in her career. Bolt finished his career with 14.
“It’s an honor to run in the relay for Team USA,” said Felix, who won her first medals at the 2005 worlds in Helsinki.
In a world championship of upsets right up to the last event, Trinidad and Tobago beat the United States in the men’s 1,600, producing only a little dent in an all-powerful performance.
The Americans finished with 30 medals, 10 of them gold. That was only one short of the overall record held by East Germany.
But Bolt will leave London without a gold medal. Running at his last major championship this week, the Jamaican got a royal farewell from the 60,000 fans at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday as they cheered his famed “To The World” pose.
Kenya was the only other country to break into double figures with 11 medals overall.
The world championships also got its only world record Sunday, and it was in the only new event - the women’s 50-kilometer walk.
Ines Henriques of Portugal bettered her own mark by finishing in 4 hours, 5 minutes, 56 seconds on the two-kilometer loop in central London.
Seven women started the race and four finished the event.
On the track, the most overwhelming performance came from the U.S. women. They won the 1,600 relay by about 50 meters. Britain took silver and Poland earned bronze.
Besides Felix, 400 champion Phyllis Francis also won a second gold medal.