Allyson Felix says goodbye. The American, the most successful athlete in the history of the Olympic and World Games combined, will retire at the end of the season. “When I was little, I was nicknamed “Chicken Legs”. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined having such a career. I am so thankful for this sport that has changed my life. I gave everything I had for the race and for the first time I’m not sure if I have anything left to givesaid the 200m and 400m specialist, seven-time Olympic champion, on Instagram.
“I want to say goodbye and thank you to this sport and the people who have shaped me in the only way I know how: with one last lap‘ the 13-time world champion continued. Felix, who won her 10th and 11th Olympic medals (4 x 400m gold and 400m bronze) at last year’s Tokyo Games, became the athlete with the most podium finishes (only Finland’s Paavo Nurmi fared better in the men) must compete in the Penn Relays on April 30 to complete a 300 meter dash there.
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But his goal appears to be focused on the World Athletics Championships, due to be held in Eugene, Oregon in July, with the American selection set to take place at the same venue in late June as an imposed stage. Felix is the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, with eleven all-metal medals, the first at the Athens Games in 2004. She is also the athlete of each sex with the most charms at the World Championships, 18 in all, including seven in individual competitions and eleven in squadrons.
Her last major competition dates to the summer of 2021 at the Tokyo Olympics, three years after the birth of her daughter Camryn in 2018, who required an emergency C-section at just 32 weeks gestation. Her situation has since led her to become a passionate advocate for working mothers’ rights after breaking her contract with her outfitter Nike in 2019, which cut her pay while she was pregnant.
“This season I’m running for the women. I will run for a better future for my daughter. i will run for you‘ assured Felix. “This season it will not be a question of time, but of joy. If you see me at the track this year, I hope to share a moment, a memory and my gratitude with you‘ she concluded.
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