Bronze farewell to the icon Allyson Felix

The 36-year-old American sprinter won bronze in the 4×400 m on Friday at the Eugene Worlds, her 19th (and final) world medal.

World athletics legend who has become the spokeswoman for the athletes, Allyson Felix has said goodbye to the track enriching his exceptional record with a world record number 19 in Eugene (Oregon) on Friday, in his homeland Americans. At 36 years old and after twenty years of career, Felix has thirteen gold medals among his 19 world awards, plus eleven Olympic medals, including seven titles, from Athens in 2004 to Tokyo last summer. The California sprinter won the last one, in bronze, with the American 4×400 mixed relay, beaten by the Dominican Republic and the Netherlands (3: 09.90) in Friday’s final.

For her last lap, the American, thrown to the head in the position of second bearer of the torch, was carried by an enthusiastic ovation of the public in Hayward Field, that was not sufficient to allow him to pass the relief in front. The stadium was already practically empty when he received the medal a few minutes later. “It was very special to be able to run in front of the American public for my last race. My daughter was in the stands. It is a night I will keep in my heart“enjoyed Felix.

An icon of the sprint whose incomparable, wide and fluid step has made her reputation, the California sprinter took on another dimension in the latter part of her career, after giving birth to her daughter Camryn at the end. of 2018: when Nike, its equipment supplier for For a long time, with the intention of reducing its emoluments by 70%, spoke publicly to denounce the policy of the global sports industry giant towards pregnant athletes .

Great class

When we have children, we risk cutting the salaries of our sponsors during and after pregnancy. This is one example that shows that the sports industry is still run by and for men“, he wrote in a New York Times column. The coma mark ended up folding, and he swore that no pregnant professional athlete would be penalized more financially.

This episode “it helped me understand what was important and realize that I could no longer remain silent. I used to be so focused on my acting that I was scared to talk about other topics“, he explains to the Washington Post in 2019. ”She has done a lot for sport, and especially for women, bringing to light important issues. It does well, it is upper class, the definition of integrity», Greets his compatriot Ryan Crouser, double Olympic champion and world record in weightlifting.

Let someone oppose such a company — I’m not sure people appreciate the importance of Nike’s influence in the United States — let a woman, a black woman oppose and speak for what they think is right. , this is something. the younger generation should take this into account“Adds American sprinter Noah Lyles, 2019 world champion and 2021 Olympic bronze medalist in the 200 m.

Kerley impresses

Evidence of its influence? Even the search engine Google paid tribute to her on Friday with a short animation that represented her running and climbing a podium, her daughter in her arms, around the qualifiers.Olympic, mother, activist“.”I hope to be remembered as a fierce competitor, but most importantly, most important to me, as someone who tried to leave the sport better than I found it, to support women athletes, and women in general, and fight for more equality.said Felix, who worked to set up a daycare system for certain competitions on the eve of his last lap.

Another American, Fred Kerley, impressed him in the 100-meter series: he dominated them in 9”79, just three hundredths of his best world performance of the season. He landed Eugene just over three hours before the race after his visa was validated in extremis, Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala somehow overcame the cut in 10’’10. Injured in a thigh and deprived of the minimum 100 m international level in 2022, the reigning Olympic champion, the Italian Marcell Jacobs, qualified for the semifinals in 10 ”04, his best time of the season.

SEE ALSO – Ousmane Dembele expands his contract with FC Barcelona

Leave a Comment