Felix sets sights on London after 6th Olympic gold

CHAMPION: Felix, who made her Olympic debut at the 2004 Athens Games, brought home the 4x400m title with a perfectly judged last leg. PHOTO: REUTERS


    Aug 22, 2016

    Felix sets sights on London after 6th Olympic gold

    ALLYSON Felix is targeting next year's World Championships after bagging a record sixth Olympic gold as the United States defended their 4x400m crown on Saturday.

    The 30-year-old darling of US track and field anchored the American quartet of Courtney Okolo, Natasha Hastings and Phyllis Francis with a perfectly judged last leg.

    Felix, the reigning 400m world champion, crossed in 3min 19.06sec, with Jamaica winning silver in 3:20.34 and Britain claiming bronze in 3:25.88.

    The win came only 24 hours after Felix had picked up a fifth gold medal in the 4x100m relay.

    She now has more Olympic golds than any other woman track and field athlete in history.

    "It's amazing to come together with these women tonight and to be able to finish it off. It was a good night," Felix said.

    The relay golds offset the disappointment of an individual season disrupted by a freak ankle injury after a gym accident.

    That setback left her scrambling to regain full fitness, ending her hopes of a 200m-400m double in Rio.

    She suffered an agonising defeat in the final of the 400m and failed to qualify for the 200m after missing out at the US trials.

    The conclusion of her fourth Olympics - she made her debut at the Athens 2004 Games - left Felix reflecting on her career with satisfaction.

    "I can look back at the things I've accomplished and be really proud," she said.

    "And really be grateful for what track and field has brought to my life. I'm really passionate about it and it's brought me a lot of joy."

    Felix expects to race once more in Europe this year before turning her attention to the World Championships in London next August when she will be 31.

    She would not be drawn on the possibility of returning

    for a fifth Olympics in 2020.