Allyson Felix passes Carl Lewis to become the USA’s most decorated track and field athlete in Olympics history with ELEVENTH medal after winning 4×400 relay as the mother-of-one defies protest calls and wraps herself up in the US flag
- Allyson Felix becomes USA’s most decorated track athlete in Olympics history
- Felix, alongside Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad and Mu Athing, dominated the 4x400m relay to take the gold medal in emphatic fashion
- Poland continued their impressive relay run in Tokyo with an excellent silver
- Jamaica, who had won silver three times in a row, had to settle for bronze
- Great Britain finished in fifth despite putting in a seasonal best time in the race
Allyson Felix has become the most decorated track and field athlete in U.S. Olympic history after winning gold with her American team-mates in the 4x400m relay – her 11th medal in total.
The gold medal means Felix, 35, passes Carl Lewis as the USA’s most decorated athlete after a dominant race inside the Olympic Stadium.
After winning the medal, Felix wrapped herself up in the U.S. flag to celebrate.
While it’s a traditional act among Olympians, some Black American athletes have not embraced it during these games as a show of protest in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Allyson Felix has become the USA’s most decorated track and field athlete in Olympics history
(Left to right) Felix, Athing Mu, Dalilah Muhammad and Sydney McLaughlin celebrate their gold medal win
Felix takes the baton from McLaughlin as USA dominate the 4x400m relay final
During the games, women’s hammer throw finalist Gwen Barry raised her fist before and wore a shirt that read, ‘Activist Athlete.’ She also refused to face the American flag as the national anthem played during the U.S. Olympic trails.
American fencer Race Imboden, who won bronze, and shot putter Raven Saunders, a silver medalist, also raised their hands in an ‘X’ to show solidarity between people of color and the LBGTQ community.
While the acts of defiance are normally punished with Olympic bans, the American athletes did not face consequences this year, PBS reports.
Rather than make political statements, Felix celebrated his historic achievement with her teammates Athing Mu, Dalilah Muhammad and Sydney McLaughlin, all coming together under their nation’s flag.
While this was her fifth consecutive appearance at the Olympic Games, this was her first Olympics as a mother.
Felix, a California native, gave birth to her daughter, Camryn, in 2018 after battling preeclampsia and undergoing an emergency C-section, according to her Olympic biography.
Track was actually not the runner’s first love. She used to play basketball when she was a kid and would always show off her love for the late Kobe Bryant.
It wasn’t until she attended Los Angeles Baptist High School that she began to run track, with her teammates calling her ‘chicken legs.’
Following her daughter’s birth, Felix became an outspoken advocate for mothers in pro sports, arguing that female athletes are not given the same opportunity for stardom as male athletes in the same sport.