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Allyson Felix: One of the World's Best at 200 Meters


Allyson Felix: One of the World's Best at 200 Meters

Allyson Felix

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Allyson Felix was the world's top 200-meter runner in 2009, winning her third consecutive World Championship, her third overall World Athletics Final, and posting a world-leading time of 21.88 seconds in July. In 2008 Felix topped a strong 200-meter field to win the U.S. Olympic Trials, but for the second consecutive Olympics she finished second to Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown in the final. Felix then earned a gold by running the second leg of the American 4 x 400-meter relay team.

From high school to pro:

Felix won the U.S. 200-meter Indoor championship while still a high school senior in 2003. She turned pro at age 17 and immediately proved her decision correct by placing third in the U.S. Outdoor championships. Although she didn’t run track in college she attended USC and graduated with a degree in elementary education in 2008.

Freshman phenom:

In her first full year as a professional, Felix won the 2004 Olympic Trials and placed second in the 200 in Athens, in a world junior record time of 22.18.

Career highlights:

Felix is one of two women who’ve won three gold medals at a World Outdoor Championships. She won the 200 and ran on the victorious U.S. 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay teams in 2007. Felix also won a 4 x 400 gold in 2009. She earned her first world championship in the 200 in 2005. She won three U.S. outdoor titles prior to the 2008 U.S. Trials, plus the 2003 U.S. Indoor championship. She’s been ranked first in the world in the 200 from 2005-07.

The stats:

  • Height: 5-6
  • Weight: 125
  • Age: 21
  • Birth date: November 18, 1986
  • Hometown: Los Angeles, California
  • World Championships: Six
  • Personal bests: 10.93 (100 meters); 21.81 (200 meters); 49.70 (400 meters)