English Russian


Felix is hungry for Moscow 2013 gold
US sprinter Allyson Felix isn't satisfied after claiming three titles at the London Olympics.

 After claiming three gold medals at the London Olympics last year, the most by a female track athlete since Florence Griffith-Joyner also won three golds in 1988, you could reasonably expect sprinter Allyson Felix to be more than satisfied with her career in the fast lanes of the world. However, there appears to be no slowing down for the sprightly 27-year-old as she has her sights firmly set on regaining her 200m world champion title at the Moscow World Championships in August and more Olympic glory at the 2016 Rio Games.

 "I would love to be a world champion (at the Moscow worlds). I would love to win the 200m, the relay and participate in the 100m as well," Felix said. "I have to make our team first. Qualification is in June. I think I have good chance. Preparations are going well. But still it's quite a way away. So I have to continue on."

Felix was crowned the world champion in the 200 m in 2005, 2007 and 2009, but lost to Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica in 2011. The long-standing rivalry between the two has always been a highlight at major track meets. Campbell-Brown bowed to Felix in the women's 200m at the 2007 and 2009 worlds, but claimed gold in the event at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, where Felix had to settle for silver on both occasions.

Felix values such fierce competition. "I enjoy it. When we compete against each other, we bring out the best in both of us. She has accomplished so much. We have different strengths in our races. So it's really cool when we get to link up and see who comes out on top on the day." 

At the 2012 London Games, Felix was finally crowned the Olympic champion in the 200m in a final race that boasted one of the strongest lineups ever assembled in women's sprinting. The finalists included two Olympic champions Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Sanya Richards-Ross and two world champions Campbell-Brown and Carmelita Jeter. Felix ran 21.88 sec to win and became the first woman from the US to claim an Olympic sprint title since Gail Devers in 1996. She was also the only woman to break 22 sec in the race. Campbell-Brown finished fourth this time, following Felix, Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica (22.09) and Jeter of the US (22.14).

It was a sweet memory for Felix. "I was so happy. It had been such a long time (for me to claim an individual Olympic gold) I wanted to win so much," Felix said. "So when if finally came together it was very special." Besides the 200m, she also won gold medals in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays in London. Now, there is at least one more Olympics on her agenda. "As long as I'm enjoying it, as long as I'm healthy and having fun, I definitely want to keep competing, definitely for one other Olympics," Felix said.

Source: China Daily http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/sports/2013-03/17/content_16313976.htm