American sprinter Allyson Felix, the most successful female athlete in history – Olympic and World Championships combined – announced on Wednesday April 13 that this year will be her final season before finally clinching her points at the age of 36 nail hangs.
The 200m and 400m specialist, seven-time Olympic champion, posted a message on Instagram:
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 give.
“I want to say goodbye and thank you to this sport and the people who formed me in the only way I know: with one last lap.”continues the athlete, thirteen-time world champion.
Most decorated athlete in Olympic history
Allyson Felix, who won the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, will be his 10thand and 11and Olympic medals (gold in 4 × 400 m and bronze in 400 m), which becomes the athlete with the most podium finishes, has to compete in the Penn Relays on April 30 to run 300 m there.
However, his goal appears to be centered on the IAAF World Championships, taking place in Eugene, Oregon in July, with the American selections for the imposed stage, which will be held at the same location in late June.
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.
Passionate defender of mothers’ rights
Her last major competition dates back to the summer of 2021 at the Tokyo Olympics, three years after giving birth in 2018 to her daughter Camryn, who required an emergency C-section at just thirty-two weeks pregnant.
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”assures 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 closed.