Allyson Felix Wins Bronze In Final Competitive International Race

Women’s track and field star Allyson Felix is leaving the sport at the age of 36 after a tremendously successful run at the top.

Felix has won a remarkable 19 world champion medals in her illustrious racing career. Her Olympic record is equally impressive, with seven gold medals, three silvers and one bronze spread out over five appearances.

The 2022 track and field world championships are underway in Eugene, Oregon, with Felix running her final major international race in the mixed-gender 4×400 relay.

Felix helped the United States team to a bronze, which gave her a 30th major international medal, and was visibly emotional after the conclusion:

She also expressed how much the moment meant to her and her family:

“To be able to come here in front of a home crowd, it’s something I’ve always wanted,” said Felix, who burst on to the track scene as a teenager in Los Angeles and has blossomed into one of the brightest stars in the sport. “To be able to have that, obviously not in the prime of my career, to finish here tonight, to have (daughter) Cammy in the stands, to share that moment meant a lot.”

The U.S. team was in position for gold for much of the race, before being passed near the end of the race by the Dominican Republic and the Netherlands to finish in third.

Her teammates also expressed their admiration for Felix’s remarkable career, saying her impact goes beyond any single story:

“There’s not one single story that can explain the impact she’s had on the sport,” Godwin added. “She’s an icon in the sport, for us to come out and compete with her, it’s a blessing to have the opportunity.”

While not quite going out on top, securing a 30th international medal is an incredible achievement. Felix’s contribution to the U.S. team’s success is matched by only a few other athletes in history.

Written by Ian Miller

Ian Miller is a former award watching high school actor, ice cream expert and long suffering Dodgers fan. He spends most of his time golfing, eating as much pizza as humanly possible, reading about World War I history, and trying to get the remote back from his dog. Follow him on Twitter.

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  1. Nice to see outkick doing track coverage.

    Allyson was a great athlete. It’s just sad that they can’t get more coverage and I think it’s just cuz it’s a very elder heavy sport without a lot innovative thinking.

    All of the Olympic sport family better have their whole perspective on notice after how the current Olympic generation has been representing our country.

    The 80s and 90s Olympic movement no longer resembles anything like it is today.

    Olympics have gone rich kid and I think that our whole system could very easily be recalibrated if colleges only want to do football and basketball.

    The sports landscape is very quickly changing and I think we are seeing the pipeline drying up at the youth sports level. I think youth sports is the titanic especially at the public school level and the only way to adapt now is to look at doing some really cool club partnerships.

    My family created a kids running program that’s in 100 elementary schools in Colorado now and I think we and similar programs to ours are going to have to see more outside influence to keep this whole sports thing going instead of relying on some fat PE teacher to establish a passion for sport in young athletes.

    Public school and public sports are going down half submerged in the Arctic. Hopefully your family can afford club sports or 2040 could look very different athletically for this country and your kids will not be able to relate to any of the great sports tradition this country has had.

    Allyson Felix was considered a darling in the Olympics, but Never mainstream, and chari Hawkins and Anna hall and Vashti Cunningham are probably the best hopes to keep public interest in track. Olympic sports are really gonna suffer if people know who Lia Thomas is more the Missy Franklin or Katie Ledecky. Track is just the same as swimming with some trans problems and Shakari the 100m runner with testing positive for pot was another stupid distraction from any of the cool things going on down at the track. Hoping to see a few great leaders rise up and rewrite the amateur youth sports world and develop a good feeder system into a profitable athletic career instead of hoping for the corrupt USOC to give them enough grant money.

    Thank you Allyson for being such a positive example and I hope a few more rise up to a level of prominence that you have.

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