Allyson Felix is an American athlete who specializes as a field sprinter and run track. She began her career at the early age of 18, with her primary specialty being the 400 meters. However, on a professional level, she has participated in the 4x400-meter relay, 4x100-meter relay, 100 meters, 200 meters, and 400 meters.
From 2004 to 2008, she became a two-time silver medalist and later became a three-time world champion between 2005 and 2009. Later, in 2011, she participated in a 400-meter race and won the world silver medal.
Then, in 2012, she became an Olympic champion. In the succeeding years, she competed in other races, namely in 2015 when she became the world champion in the 400-meter competition.
In 2016, she became a first runner-up and an Olympic silver medalist. A year later, in 2017, she became a world bronze medalist.
Five Facts About Allyson Felix
She started her athletic career at only 18 years of age.
Allyson Felix has won the athletics Olympics medal at every Olympic competition starting from 2004.
In high school, she was called the “High school athlete of the year.”
Her quickest time and record is 50.88 seconds in 400 meters.
She is the most decorated US track and field athlete.
Allyson Felix Quotes
“I've realized that track doesn't define me; it's my faith that does. I'm running because I've been given a gift."
"The most essential lesson I've learnt is to put my faith in God in all circumstances."
Allyson Felix Biography
Early Life and Education
Allyson Michelle Felix was born in California on 18 November 1985 to parents Paul and Marlean. Paul is a Professor at Santa Clarita Valley's The Master's Seminary, California, and an ordained pastor.
Meanwhile, Marlean works as a Balboa Magnet Elementary grade school teacher. Felix has one elder brother, Wes Felix, who is her manager and also an athlete. In addition, Allyson is a religious person.
She attended school in North Hills, studying at the Los Angeles Baptist High School. In high school, she discovered her athletic talent with the help of her high school coach, Samson Young.
It was also during high school when she demonstrated excellent capability in track and field. In 2003, Track and Field News named her the “High School Athlete of the Year” for “national girls.”
After she graduated high school, Adidas offered her a professional contract in 2003. Aside from this, Adidas sponsored her college education at the University of Southern California, where Allyson graduated with a degree in elementary education.
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Allyson Felix is married to Kenneth Ferguson, an American hurdler, and sprinter. They both share the same passion for athletics. She and her husband have a daughter who was born in 2018. She named her Camryn.
Allyson Felix began her Olympic career in 2004 at Summer Olympics. At only 18 years old, she won the silver medal in the 200m, setting a World Junior record of 22.18.
In 2005, Felix participated in the World Championships in Helsinki. There, she won the 200m, becoming the youngest gold medalist.
Then, in 2008, Allyson was fit for the 200m at the tryouts for Olympic Games. At the Olympic games, Allyson secured the silver medal. After that, she participated in a 4x400m relay with the US women's team and completed first, earning Allyson an Olympic gold medal.
In 2009, at the World Championships, she won the gold medal for running the 200m. As a result, she became the first woman to win a third 200m World Championships gold medal.
In 2010, she decided to focus on both the 400m and 200m tracks in addition to the 4×100 and 4×400 m relays. In 2011, Allyson secured two teams' golds in the relay games.
In 2012 Allyson Felix partook in the Summer Olympics in London. She took part in the 100m, 200 m, 4x400 m relay, and 4x100 m relay. In addition, Allyson won the gold medals in the competition. The winnings made her be recognized as the second American woman to secure three golds at an Olympics.
In 2013, during Moscow’s World Championships, Allyson partook in a 200m race where she suffered a hamstring injury. Due to the injury, she took several months off to recover, coming back in for the 400m at the Shanghai Diamond League meet in May 2014, where she completed fifth.
In the 2015 worldwide Championships, she secured gold in the 400m and won a silver medal in the 4×400m relay and 4×100m relay.
In the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, she won a gold medal in the 4x100m and 4×400m relay and silver in the 400m.
In 2018, Allyson decided to cut back her schedule. Later on, she revealed she was pregnant and gave birth to her daughter on 28 November 2018.
In 2019, she participated in a 400-meter run at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. This was her first competition after giving birth, and she ranked sixth.
Also, in 2019, Allyson participated in the world championship in Doha, Qatar. There, she secured her 12th and 13th World Championship gold medals in Doha.
On 20 June, she became eligible for the 400m individual race by finishing second. She plans to retire before the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
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