Allyson Felix Becomes Most Decorated American Track and Field Athlete, Surpassing Carl Lewis

by mcardinal

Justin Bullock, FISM News


Allyson Felix has officially become the most decorated American track and field Olympian of all time. On Saturday, she secured her 11th medal by winning the gold in the 4×400 meter relay alongside fellow American running stars, Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammed, and Athing Mu. With her win she surpasses Carl Lewis, who was the previous track and field medal record holder with 10 total medals.

Felix is 35-years-old and is now considered the single greatest American runner of all time. She began her career by posting incredible times in the shorter distances of 100 and 200 meters. As she got older she slowly transitioned to the longer distance runs like the 400 meters, but remained a top competitor in the world for the shorter sprints. Felix has also won the Jesse Owens Award five times – the only person to win that often. This award denotes the Athlete of the Year according to USA Track & Field.

Elsewhere at the Olympics, the US men’s baseball team won the silver medal after losing to Japan’s team in the gold medal match. In basketball, Kevin Durant led the US men’s team to a fourth consecutive gold medal by getting revenge on France, 87-82. KD dropped 29 points and had a dominating final performance in this year’s Olympics.