Allyson Felix ran a blistering second leg to steer the USA to gold in the women’s 4X400m relay and secure a special place as the most successful female athlete in the history of the IAAF World Championships.
Sunday’s last night of action included a special tribute to Usain Bolt, who has won a record 11 golds and a total of 14 medals. But Felix’s two gold medals in both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays at the weekend have taken her level with Bolt on 11 golds and ahead of the Jamaican with a total tally of 16 medals.
Until London 2017, Merlene Ottey was the most decorated female athlete with 14 medals.
The 31-year-old Felix does not like to talk about her place in the history of the sport and she may not appreciate the historical significance of her achievements at the London Stadium until she retires.
But she said after Sunday’s 11th gold: “It does mean so much to me every time. I’m grateful to run with these amazing girls. They work so hard and deserve all their success. It’s an honour to run in the relay for Team USA and I will always treasure these moments.”
Source: IAAF London 2017