With a Team USA win in the 4x400m relay, Allyson Felix became the most decorated track and field athlete in United States history. Felix passed legend Carl Lewis to take the honor. At 35-years old, Felix has competed in every Olympic Games since 2004. This is her first Olympics as a mother.
This year’s women’s 4x400m has already been dubbed “The Dream Team” and there is good reason for that. Alongside Felix, the 11-time medalist, were three other Olympic gold medalists. Dalilah Muhammad is the 2016 Rio gold medalist in the 400m hurdles and former world record holder. Sydney McLaughlin is the current Olympic champion and world record holder in that same event. Finally, Athing Mu, this year’s 800m Olympic champion helped bring home gold in the relay.
For Allyson Felix, this was a special medal. Although she has over 20 Olympic and World Championship gold medals, this seemed to mean a little more. “For me, I just really came out at peace and I wanted to soak it in completely,” Felix explained after the win.
As mentioned above, this relay team was one for the books. Allyson Felix has gold medals in the 200m and 400m. Her dominance spans over three decades cannot be understated. The combination of Dalilah Muhammad and Sydney McLaughlin made this a scary-good team. Then, Athing Mu made many wonder if she could drop down to the 400m open and medal. Although this is Felix’s last Olympics, Team USA is in good hands on the women’s side.
Allyson Felix is the GOAT
After becoming a mother in 2019 and being dropped by Nike, Allyson Felix’s future was in limbo. If she had hung it up then, she would still be the GOAT of American women’s sprinting. However, her performance at the Olympic Trials and now at the Tokyo Olympics was possibly her best ever. Even if she didn’t take gold in her individual event, Felix’s bronze in the open 400m was a gutsy and inspiring performance.
So, Felix has passed Carl Lewis in the medal count. There is no athlete that deserves it more than she does. Competing in five Olympic Games is a feat in and of itself. Medaling in all of those Olympics and becoming the most decorated athlete in American track and field, that’s the stuff of legends. Perhaps Felix will stick around Team USA as a coach or advisor. There could be some work done in the relays and Felix knows a thing or two about winning those relays.
As for Allyson Felix, she feels good about the results. “We all do different things and it was really cool to come together to close out the Olympic Games, and for me, my Olympic career.” What a career it has been.