PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — It turns out Allyson Felix didn’t run her last race. The most decorated sprinter in U.S. history will return to the world championships to race in the heats of the women’s 4×400 relay on Saturday.
She said team officials talked her out of her brief retirement after helping the medley relay team win a bronze medal last Friday in what she said was her last big race.
“The coaches asked if I was available, and there was no way I was going to turn the team down,” the 36-year-old told The Associated Press via email.
The preliminaries of the 4×400 relay are on Saturday and the finals will be held on Sunday to close out the world championships.
A week ago, Felix ran the second leg of the 4×400 medley relay, her final event. Since then, she has had several speaking engagements and attended The ESPYS in Los Angeles. She returned for another performance at Hayward Field.
“When I got the call, I locked down and refocused,” Felix said.
Third place in the medley relay earned Felix her 19th medal at the world championships, extending the record she already held. Add to her 11 Olympic medals and their total number is equal to 30.
Last year at the Tokyo Olympics, she was part of the gold-medal women’s 4×400 relay as part of a “dream team” with Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad and Athing Mu. The four extended the American women’s winning streak in the event to seven at the Olympics.
Felix leaves a pretty big mark on the track. In addition to a large number of medals, she also looked at Nike during her journey to becoming a women’s rights advocate. She also started her own shoe company called Saysh.
Now there is a chance for another winning round. She is currently working with her 3-year-old daughter, Camryn.
“The best memories of this week are seeing my daughter cheering me on, seeing the young women supporting me and thanking me for standing up for them, and walking through the stadium and seeing the women in Saysh ,” Felix said.
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